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Barnard / Heart Transplant #252745

CBS Evening News for Tuesday, Jun 21, 1977
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(Studio) Heart transplant patient, who received baboon heart in operation by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, dies; Barnard says he waited too long, but will continue to do similar operations.
REPORTER: Walter Cronkite

(Johannesburg, South Africa) Operation is called "piggy back," because person's own heart is left in body and donor's connected along with original. [BARNARD - describes process.] Surgeons at Capetown hospital are only ones trying operation; most others have abandoned transplants. Barnard has been relatively successful in transplants with human donors. [Heart recipient Jack SMITH - says it was only way out for him.] Barnard to continue use of animal hearts when human ones not available; will change to chimpanzees instead of baboons.
REPORTER: Robin Wright

Cronkite, Walter;
Wright, Robin

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