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University Receives Record Donation

The University of Minnesota received an unexpected surprise on Tuesday.
The daughter of Dr. Kurt Amplatz, a respected medical inventor, has donated $50 million to fund a new children's hospital, which will be called The University of Minnesota Amplatz Children's Hospital to honor the gift, reports The Star Tribune.
Caroline Amplatz, who resides in Golden Valley, gave out the second largest donation in school history.(Associated Press)
Dr. Kurt Amplatz taught at the University of Minnesota from 1957 until his retirement in 1999. He is best known for inventing a small device, known as the Amplatzer Septal Occluder, which is used to repair congenital heart defects in children and adults. He also holds over 30 patents.
University President Robert Bruininks said that Dr. Amplatz was “one of the great pioneers of medical research and of Minnesota's medical device industry.?
The donation will be paid out over a 12-year span and will contribute to a new state-of-the-art facility for children with damaged hearts.