Today, Gov. John Bel Edwards issued the following statement on the passing of New Orleans surgeon Dr. John Ochsner:
 
“Dr. John Ochsner was a pioneer in cardiovascular health and was dedicated to providing exceptional care to the people of New Orleans, Louisiana and the world,” said Gov. Edwards. "Dr. Ochsner led a surgical team to conduct one of the earliest heart transplants in the world and cultivated a culture of excellence at the John Ochsner Heart and Vascular Institute, which has now completed more than 950 heart transplants. Donna and I ask that you join us in praying for the family, friends and colleagues of Dr. Ochsner as we remember his remarkable career. Dr. Ochsner's legacy will live on through the thousands of lives he impacted and saved through his nearly 50 years of service to Louisiana."