Baby Fae

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A 2-week-old premature infant with a hypoplastic left heart syndrome who survived for 20 days in October 1984 when she received a walnut-sized heart from a 7 ½-month-old baboon
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The first was the widely publicized case of Baby Fae and the transplant of the baboon heart.
Cole was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome, the same condition as Baby Fae, the anonymous infant who in 1984 was the first to ever receive a baboon heart transplant in Southern California that kept her alive for an additional 21 days.
Leonard Bailey, a top-notch heart surgeon best remembered for implanting the heart of a baboon in an infant known as Baby Fae in 1984.
1985: An American child, known as Baby Fae, was given a baboon's heart to replace her malformed one.
Three weeks later, her immune system having successfully waged war on the foreign organ, Baby Fae died.
Baby Fae was not given that simple existential luxury of infancy.
1984: Baby Fae, the baby girl who was given a baboon's heart to replace her own malformed one.
After lengthy consultations with the parents, Baby Fae was given a baboon heart.
And 18 years after Baby Fae survived three weeks with a transplanted baboon heart - eventually succumbing to a blood type incompatibility - scientists say the prospect of another groundbreaking xenograft is alive and exciting.
They include, among others, Quinlan, Bouvia, Dutch euthanasia, Baby Louise Brown, surrogate motherhood, Baby Jane Doe, Tuskegee, Christiaan Barnard's first heart transplant, Barney Clark's artificial heart, and Baby Fae.
Other options for Baby Fae were a difficult and often unsuccessful two-step surgical procedure or a human heart transplant.
In late 1984, my group at Loma Linda University transplanted a baboon heart into Baby Fae, an event that triggered enormous international interest and debate.