Stephanie Fae Traphagan?

Today is the 25th anniversary of the first cross-species heart transplant. On the same day 25 years ago, a Baby Fae was donated a heart by a Baboon. If Baby Stephanie Fae Traphagan will be remembered, so will be Goober. On 26th October 1984, Surgeon Leonard L. Bailey transplanted Baboon Goober’s heart to Stephanie Fae Traphagan but both died. And the controversy is still strong.
What do you think about Stephanie Fae Traphagan's case and animal transplants to humans?

asked by Indiland in Parenting & Children | 1688 views | 10-26-2009 at 03:57 PM

Poor Stephanie Fae Traphagan, she didn't make it with her new heart.

Of course it would be easier just to have a human heart transplant, but there aren't enough hearts for all the patients. About 15% of people on the heart transplant list will die waiting for a donor heart.

I'm in favor of animal transplants.

To get a human heart, someone needs to die, and the only way for that heart to work is if it's healthy and if it's a match to blood type and such, or else it will be rejected by the body.

Growing a new heart from stem cells would be awesome. It would be much safer, cleaner and humaner than using animal hearts or human hearts. And because the heart would be grown specifically for an individual patient's blood, body type and age, there would be a much higher success rate.

answered by Brian | 10-26-2009 at 04:01 PM

The bottom line is Stephanie Fae Traphagan's legacy is a strong one - there have been several thousand babies salvaged now who would not (have made it) otherwise, I think she sent word around the world that people should think about newborns, too.

answered by Cold Case | 10-26-2009 at 04:03 PM

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