CBS Evening News for Friday, Sep 03, 1976
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(Studio) Dr. Michael DeBakey believes heart transplant technique has no future.
REPORTER: Roger Mudd
(Houston, Texas) Dr. Christiaan Barnard in 1967 Capetown, South Africa, film shown after 1st human heart transplant operation. High mortality rate among transplant recipients causes pessimism. [Saint Lukes Hospital Dr. Denton COOLEY - notes possibility of mechanical hearts.] Houston, Texas, 1965 film shown. [Baylor College Hospital Dr. Michael DeBAKEY - speaks of bypass operations.] [Bypass patient Donald SMATLAK - speaks of success of his operation.] [Bypass patient Louis BEDNARK - is enthusiastic with regard to operation.] Baylor Univ. medical film of mechanical heart shown in animation. Pumping device shown. [COOLEY - speaks of implant of mechanical heart in human being.] Patient died. [COOLEY - says object is prolonging life, not immortality.] Heart disease statistics given; treatments noted.
REPORTER: Bernard Goldberg
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