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Arizona / Artificial Heart #302822

CBS Evening News for Thursday, Mar 07, 1985
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(Studio) Report introduced
REPORTER: Dan Rather

(Tucson, Arizona) Emergency use of unapproved Phoenix artificial heart as bridge between heart transplants for Thomas Creighton examined; circumstances leading to physicians' decision reviewed. Films shown. [Dr. Allan BEIGEL - describes patient's current condition.] [Dr. Cecil VAUGHN - defs. violating law for emergency.] [Dr. Jack COPELAND - agrees; explains.] [Dr. Denton COOLEY - defs. Arizona doctors' efforts.] Cooley mentioned using unapproved artificial devices in emergencies on several occasions.] FDA (Food and Drug Administration) statement on issue quoted on screen.
REPORTER: Jerry Bowen

(DC) Med. problems underlying transplant issue and illustrated by Arizona case discussed; Indianapolis boy cited as example [Dr. Harold HALBROOK - cites need to maintain transplant recipients until human heart becomes available.] Penn State Univ. researchers said awaiting FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval of temporary artificial heart for use in such emergencies. [Dr. John BURNSIDE - empathizes with Arizona physicians' dilemma.] FDA's concern with Arizona situation noted. [Dr. Keith REEMTSMA - notes moral and medical dilemmas take priority in emergencies.]
REPORTER: Lem Tucker

Reporter(s):
Bowen, Jerry;
Rather, Dan;
Tucker, Lem
Duration:
00:04:00

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