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Jane Todd Crawford
Birth: Dec. 23, 1763
Rockbridge County
Virginia, USA
Death: Mar. 30, 1842

Historic medical personality. Jane Crawford was a mother of four in 1809 when she was seen by physician Ephraim McDowell, seeking help for what she thought was a long overdue pregnancy. Dr. McDowell however, diagnosed her with an ovarian tumor, a fatal disease at that time. With the full knowledge that it would be an experimental procedure, Crawford agreed to allow Dr. McDowell to operate on her. She rode on horseback sixty miles to Danville, Kentucky, to the doctor's home, which was the only place he would do the operation. During church services, to keep down the number of onlookers who felt surgery was evil experimentation, Crawford was operated on with no benefit of anesthesia, only an oral dose of opium and several attentdants to hold her down. It was reported she sang hymns and repeated Psalms during the procedure. Crawford survived the removal of the twenty-two pound tumor and recovered uneventfully, escaping the onset of infection, and returning home in less than a month. She lived to the age of seventy-nine. (bio by: Anonymous) 
 
Burial:
Johnson Cemetery
Graysville (Sullivan County)
Sullivan County
Indiana, USA
 
Maintained by: Find A Grave
Originally Created by: Laurie
Record added: Apr 20, 2003
Find A Grave Memorial# 7369218
Jane <i>Todd</i> Crawford
Added by: Anthony S
 
Jane <i>Todd</i> Crawford
Added by: Wabash Valley Genealogy Society Cemetery Committee
 
Jane <i>Todd</i> Crawford
Added by: Wabash Valley Genealogy Society Cemetery Committee
 
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- Debra Hunkins
 Added: Nov. 24, 2014
I am awed by your courage--you are surely one of the bravest ladies I have ever heard of!! When I have a little hurt somewhere on my body I will try to remember you & not complain! God Bless you & RIP!!
- Garlene Frazier
 Added: Jul. 14, 2014

- 2kjmom
 Added: Mar. 30, 2014
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