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How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

How an historic heart transplant created a celebrity scientist 50 years ago

South Africa’s Chris Barnard stands out in medical history as the heart surgeon who became a global household name after transplanting the first human heart on 3 December 1967. The historic surgery captured the world’s imagination and was hailed by 20th-century historians as socially and scientifically of equal significance compared to the moon-landing in 1969.

December 4, 2017 | By | Reply More
Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Some US hospitals don’t put Americans first for liver transplants

Little known to the public, or to sick patients and their families, organs donated domestically are sometimes given to patients flying in from other countries, who often pay a premium.

November 20, 2017 | By | Reply More
Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

Medicare pays for a kidney transplant, but not the drugs to keep it viable

By Richard Harris, NPR News Kaiser Health News The federal government will pay more than $100,000 to give someone a kidney transplant, but after three years, the government will often stop paying for the drugs needed to keep that transplanted kidney alive. Constance Creasey is one of the thousands of people who find themselves caught […]

December 24, 2016 | By | Reply More
Organ donation and the opioid epidemic: ‘An unexpected life-saving legacy’

Organ donation and the opioid epidemic: ‘An unexpected life-saving legacy’

By Martha Bebinger, WBUR Kaiser Health News On the final day of June 2015, Colin LePage rode waves of hope and despair. It started when LePage found his 30-year-old son, Chris, at home after an apparent overdose. Paramedics rushed Chris by helicopter to one of Boston’s flagship medical centers. Doctors revived Chris’s heart, but struggled […]

October 19, 2016 | By | Reply More