• Short Summary

    The man given a new heart at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Sydney yesterday is a veteran of the Second World War, and the complex operation will be paid for by the Repatriation Department.

  • Description

    The man given a new heart at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Sydney yesterday is a veteran of the Second World War, and the complex operation will be paid for by the Repatriation Department.

    The recipient is Mr. Richard Pye, 54, of Belmore.

    Before being transferred to Saint Vincent's on Monday, Mr. Pye was a patient at the Repatriation General Hospital at Concord.

    He was a maintenance cleaner on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and gave up work two years ago because of his heart condition.

    He was a patient of the surgeon who led the heart transplant team, Mr. Harry Windsor.

    No announcement has been made about the identity of the donor of the heart given Mr. Pye, but is believed to have been a young man. His kidneys were implanted into two people who had been kept alive by artificial kidney machines, one of them for six months.

    Synopsis: At a news conference at Saint Vincent's this afternoon, Mr. Windsor spoke to reporters about the operation.

    "........THAN WE THOUGHT."
    The heart surgeon was asked whether the operation could be regarded as an experiment.....

    "....SO YOU ARE GETTING NEAR THAT."
    He was also questioned on what would be done to ascertain whether there was any rejection of the new heart.....

    "......I DON'T THINK SO."
    Mr. Windsor talking about the heart transplant. For the latest report on Mr. Pye's condition we cross to Dugald Macleod at Saint Vincent's.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA2FVEQ9OAGPN5JPZO5CH9SS8BZ
    Media URN:
    VLVA2FVEQ9OAGPN5JPZO5CH9SS8BZ
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    24/10/1968
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:03:27:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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