• Short Summary

    WITH THE DEATH OF DR. PHILIP BLAIBERG ON SUNDAY (17 AUGUST), A FRENCH DOMINICAN PRIEST,?

  • Description


    BOULOGNE TALKING TO INTERVIEWER (SOF-TELERECORDING)



    TRANSCRIPT:



    INTERVIEWER: "FATHER DAMIEN, YOU HAVE LEARNT OF SLAIBERG'S DEATH. WHAT IS YOUR REACTION?



    BOULOGNE: I AM VERY SORRY FOR HIM. AND VERY SORRY TOO FOR PROFESSOR BARNARD, WHOSE HOPES ARE DASHED WHEN EVERYTHING SEEMED TO HAVE GONE WELL; IT IS TRULY A GREAT DISAPPOINTMENT FOR A SURGEON WHO IS THE PIONEER OF ALL THIS SURGERY. THAT IS OBVIOUS.



    INTERVIEWER: AS A RESULT OF BLAIBERG'S DEATH YOU BECOME THE SENIOR HEART TRANSPLANT PATIENT IN THE WORLD. DOES THAT CAUSE YOU ANY ANXIETY, ARE YOU AFRAID FOR THE FUTURE, SINCE YOU ARE NOW THE NUMBER ONE?



    BOULOGNE: WHY ME AND NOT YOU? WE ARE ALL NEAR TO THE END, AND I THINK I AM THE ONE WITH THE GREATEST CHANCE OF SURVIVING, WITH ALL THE CARS THAT IT AM GIVEN. AND THEREFORE THE FACT OF BEING THE SENIOR, YOU KNOW, THE FACT OF BEING A HEART TRANSPLANT PATIENT EXPOSES YOU TO CERTAIN DANGERS, BUT NOT MORE THAN THE MOUNTAINEER WHO CLIMBS IN THE ALPS OR THE ASTRONAUTS WHO TRAVEL IN SPACE. I AM MUCH LESS AT RISK THAN THE ASTRONAUTS WHO FLEW AT THE MERCY OF A MACHINE. I HAVE MEN, A WHOLE TEAM, WHO SURROUND AND FOLLOW ME. THEREFORE I AM PHYSICALLY AS SAFE AS POSSIBLE. AND NO-ONE HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY, AS SOME HAVE ALREADY DONE, THAT IT IS A SENSELESS RISK. I FIND THAT SCIENTIFICALLY DISHONEST."




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    Background: WITH THE DEATH OF DR. PHILIP BLAIBERG ON SUNDAY (17 AUGUST), A FRENCH DOMINICAN PRIEST, FATHER DAMIEN BOULOGNE, BECOMES THE WORLD'S LONGEST-SURVIVING HEART TRANSPLANT PATIENT. HE IS 5.

    FATHER BOULOGNE, WHO RECEIVED THE HEART OF A 3-YEAR-OLD CUSTOMS OFFICER ON MAY 12 1968 HAS SURVIVED TWO REJECTION CRISES SINCE HIS OPERATION AT THE BROUSSAIS HOSPITAL IN PARIS. HE STILL NORMALLY RESIDES AT THE HOSPITAL BUT HAS TRAVELLED ABROAD SINCE THE OPERATION AND LAST MONTH ATTENDED AN INTERNATIONAL TRANSPLANT CONGRESS IN MADRID.

    HE SAID HE HEARD "WITH GREAT SORROW" OF THE DEATH OF DR. BLAIBERG AND WENT ON "BUT EVERYTHING IS GOING BETTER AND BETTER IN MY CASE". DOCTORS DID NOT FORESEE ANY NEW HEART REJECTION IN HIS CASE.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA49WRIZYNDP0HMEHSYC9Y2HSZV
    Media URN:
    VLVA49WRIZYNDP0HMEHSYC9Y2HSZV
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/08/1969
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:40:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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