Transplant News stories from March, 2017

Liver transplant surgical pioneer Dr. Thomas Starzl dies

By the associated press

Starzl performed the world’s first liver transplant in 1963 and the world’s first successful liver transplant in 1967, and pioneered kidney transplantation from cadavers. He later perfected the process by using identical twins and, eventually, other blood relatives as donors.

Since Starzl’s first successful liver transplant, thousands of lives have been saved by similar operations.

“We regard him as the father of transplantation,” said Dr. Abhinav Humar, clinical director of the Thomas E. Starzl Transplantation Institute. “His legacy in transplantation is hard to put into words — it’s really immense.

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Mets legend Ed Kranepool needs kidney transplant donor

By Steven Marcus

Kranepool, 72, has two failing kidneys and needs a transplant, he said Thursday night from North Shore University Hospital in Manhasset.

Kranepool hit .261 and is the Mets’ all-time leader in pinch hits with 90 and games played with 1,853.

His kidneys are functioning at 20 percent, Kranepool said, and he’s concerned about a long wait on the list. He was told the wait is five years unless a donor steps forward.

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