War in childhood memories. A shot teacher, Germans hanging from the street lights
Jiří Blecha was born on 20 July 1940 in Prague. He comes from a medical family. His grandfather was a renowned pathological anatomist and bacteriologist Prof. MUDr. Pavel Kučera, who served as a chief staff physician in Galicia during the World War I and successfully fought against the cholera epidemic in Lviv. His parents, MUDr. Dagmar Kučerová-Blechová and MUDr. Jiří Blecha, worked at the children’s clinic of Prof. MUDr. Josef Švejcar in Prague and later they were at the birth of the paediatric clinic in Hradec Králové. Jiří has a brother Ondřej (born in 1943). After graduating from grammar school, he graduated from faculty of medicine and decided to specialize in surgery. He graduated in 1963. After a year of military service, he worked in the surgical department of the hospital in Pardubice. In 1968, Ondřej’s emigration to Switzerland hit the family. Jiří then devoted himself to open-heart surgeries in the extracorporeal circulation at the Cardiosurgery Clinic of the Hradec Králové University Hospital with Prof. MUDr. Jaroslav Procházka. Four times they were together in Kuwait, where they performed operations with local doctors. In 1976, MUDr. Jiří Blecha joined the hospital in Trutnov as the head of the surgical department. He worked until his 80th birthday. With his first wife, teacher Maria Blechová, he has a son Jiří Blecha and a daughter Barbara Cermanová. He has four grandchildren: Michaela, Ada, František and Eliška. In 2022, MUDr. Jiří Blecha lived with his second wife MUDr. Alena Fuxová in Trutnov.