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Image of the Week: First heart-lung transplant


This week's image comes from the Stanford Medicine Flickr photo stream. In this photo, Bruce Reitz, MD, and Norman Shumway, MD, PhD, perform the world's first successful combined heart-lung transplant on March 9, 1981. In the four-hour operation, the heart and lungs of an anonymous donor were implanted in the chest of Mary Gohlke, a 45-year-old newspaper executive from Mesa, Arizona.

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