Connie Culp, First Face Transplant Recipient in U.S., Dies at 57

Connie Culp, the first patient in the United States to receive a face transplant, died on Wednesday at the Cleveland Clinic, which had performed her procedure in 2008. She was 57. She died of complications from an infection that was unrelated to her transplant, a spokeswoman for the hospital said. The clinic confirmed Ms. Culp’s […]

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Activists push for investigation over claims China is forcibly harvesting organs of Uighur population

For decades, the Chinese Communist Party depended on executed prisoners to bolster its organ transplant trade. Then it emerged that government leaders were relying on persecuted minorities to boost their bank. But despite claims that all harvested body parts now stem strictly from “voluntary” donors after death, human rights activists and international leaders are collecting evidence […]

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In Astounding Test, Scientists Revive Damaged Lungs for Transplant

The six lungs were taken from brain-dead patients and offered to transplant surgeons. But at major medical centers, one surgeon after another refused the organs. They were damaged, swollen and soggy with fluid. Like 80 percent of lungs offered for transplant, these were just too far gone for the operation. But researchers at Columbia and […]

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Virus ends daredevil life of double-lung transplant patient

Before her double-lung transplant, Joanne Mellady could barely put on a shirt without losing her breath. Afterwards, she barely stopped moving. Mellady, who died of the coronavirus in March, had a bucket list that made her family blush. Since getting her transplant in 2007, the widow and former technology consultant from the town of Washington, […]

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