[ExI] baby fae

spike at rainier66.com spike at rainier66.com
Fri Apr 24 21:33:58 UTC 2020



From: extropy-chat <extropy-chat-bounces at lists.extropy.org> On Behalf Of William Flynn Wallace via extropy-chat
Subject: Re: [ExI] baby fae


Huh?  This is in response to what?   bill w






>>…In 1984 Doctor Leonard Lee Bailey, a Seventh-day Adventist performed the first baboon to human heart transplant…


>…I don't want my doctor to engage in doublethink... John K Clark










On Fri, Apr 24, 2020 at 3:55 PM spike jones via extropy-chat <extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org <mailto:extropy-chat at lists.extropy.org> > wrote:


The theory at the time was that a baby’s immune system is not fully formed at birth and could be trained to some extent.  Baby Fae was given an outside chance than the baboon heart would last long enough to keep her alive until a suitable human donor could be found.


My memories of that are 36 years old, but I remember it well because my former college roommate was in medical school at Loma Linda at the time, and later worked with Dr. Bailey.  I was starting my career.  I remember how the men would gather around the newspaper first thing in the morning, cheer when it was unrolled and they heard Baby Fae was holding on another day.  I remember seeing men weep for her on the day she died.


The baboon had type AB blood, Fae had type 0.  They knew it was a temporary and they knew it was a longshot.  The lessons learned that fall paved the way for later successful cross-species transplants.


If you really can’t see why that experiment has any value, don’t worry, Dr. Bailey wouldn’t want you as a patient either.



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