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Arizona / Artificial Heart #95299

ABC Evening News for Thursday, Mar 07, 1985
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(Studio) Arizona patient Thomas Creighton reported undergoing several heart transplants and artificial heart implant; his current condition noted.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Tucson, Arizona) Creighton's 2 heart transplants and artificial heart implant explained, discussed; legal and ethical ramifications of unapproved emergency use of artificial device considered. [Hospital spokesperson Dr. Allan BEIGEL - explains basis of patient's current problems.] Events leading to present situation reviewed; hospital's use of Phoenix heart designed by dentist Kevin Cheng under director of Dr. Cecil Vaughn explained. [Dr. Jack COPELAND, BEIGEL - describe Creighton's current condition; claim family gave consent.] Legal issue of artificial implant due to lack of FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approval for device or surgeon noted. [FDA (Food and Drug Administration) spokesperson William GRIGG - thinks law was probably violated.] [VAUGHN - dismisses questions of legality.] [GRIGG - explains FDA (Food and Drug Administration) approach to present situation.]
REPORTER: George Strait

(Studio) [VAUGHN - discusses decision underlying unapproved, emergency use of experimental device.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

(Boston, Massachusetts) Ethical aspects of situation discussed.
REPORTER: Dr. Timothy Johnson

(Studio) [VAUGHN - responds.]
REPORTER: Peter Jennings

Jennings, Peter;
Johnson, Tim;
Strait, George

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