• Short Summary

    MEDICAL HISTORY IN THE MAKING. A 44-YEAR-OLD DOCK WORKER WAS IN "GOOD HEALTH" AND WELL?

  • Description

    MEDICAL HISTORY IN THE MAKING. A 44-YEAR-OLD DOCK WORKER WAS IN "GOOD HEALTH" AND WELL ENOUGH TO LEAVE HOSPITAL IN NEW ORLEANS, LAST WEEK, AFTER RECEIVING A CHIMPANZEE'S KIDNEYS. THE PATIENT, JEFFERSON DAVIS, A NEGRO, IS BELIEVED TO BE THE FIRST PATIENT TO RECOVER SUFFICIENTLY TO LEAVE HOSPITAL FOLLOWING THE TRANSPLANTING OF A PRIMATE'S KIDNEYS.

    ON LEAVING HOSPITAL, HE SAID HE 'FELT FINE', BUT WOULD NEVER BE ABLE TO WORK AGAIN. HE WOULD BE RECEIVING A GOVERNMENT PENSION IN THE FUTURE.

    THE 39-MINUTE OPERATION TOOK PLACE SIX WEEKS AGO, AND WAS PERFORMED BY A TEAM OF 12 DOCTORS. THE KIDNEYS, TAKEN FROM A 90-POUND (41 KILOS) CHIMPANZEE, STARTED FUNCTIONING AS SOON AS THEY WERE CONNECTED. MR DAVIS' OWN KIDNEYS. SUFFERING FROM CHRONIC INFLAMMATION, WERE LEFT IN POSITION. HE IS RECEIVING SPECIAL DRUGS TO COMBAT THE BODY'S NATURAL TENDENCY TO REJECT FOREIGN TISSUE. NO-ONE KNOWS HOW LONG THE TRANSPLANTED KIDNEYS WILL CONTINUE TO FUNCTION, BUT WITHOUT THEM THE PATIENT WOULD CERTAINLY HAVE BEEN DEAD BY NOW.

    (IN OCTOBER, DOCTORS AT THE SAME HOSPITAL -- THE TULANE UNIVERSITY HOSPITAL -- PERFORMED THE FIRST-EVER RECORDED TRANSPLANTING OF A PRIMATE'S KIDNEYS, WHEN A 32-YEAR-OLD WOMAN WAS GIVEN THE KIDNEYS OF A RHESUS MONKEY. THEY FAILED AFTER A WEEK AND THE WOMAN LATER DIED FROM THE DISEASE AFFECTING HER OWN KIDNEYS.)

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    Film ID:
    VLVA36D6H8SIBIOOQXSFEC2GNQT7B
    Media URN:
    VLVA36D6H8SIBIOOQXSFEC2GNQT7B
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    22/12/1963
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:00:58:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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