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Transplant Surgeon Who Gave ‘Baby Fae’ a Baboon Heart, Dies at 76

Saturday, June 8, 2019

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Emily Langer

Leonard L. Bailey, a pediatric surgeon who attracted international attention in 1984 when he transplanted a baboon’s heart into a newborn human — “Baby Fae” — a medical moon shot that sparked breathless controversy but was credited with demonstrating the lifesaving potential of organ transplants for the tiniest patients, died May 12 at his home in Redlands, California. He was 76.

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