The amount of remodeling here is flabbergasting. I would say 13 was to the right, here, and 12 was here. Between the two there was a very… Fortunately, I was right in the middle of my chief residency year in cardiovascular surgery when January 6th, 1968 occurred. Shumway, in my mind, was legitimately the spiritual leader of the transplantation program. I operated in room 12 to harvest the heart from the
very first donor. And Dr. Shumway was opening the recipient, preparing the recipient. When I finished, I walked through that little connecting causeway into room 13, where I placed the heart on the back table, and then went and stood opposite Shumway. We excised the heart of the recipient. I had my doubts at that point about the total legality of what we were doing. At least we had a replacement, the graph on the back table. Sutured it in, resuscitated it, and it worked beautifully. We then closed the patient up and wheeled him out of room 13, down this hallway, I believe this hallway, and then to the left to what was then the intensive care unit. There’s been some remodeling. The bed was situated in this orientation. I noted reporters trying to climb the wall of this particular area of the intensive care unit. I, personally, did not have to deal with that very much. Dr. Shumway appeared at all of the press conferences that were held after the operation. At the time he had to prepare the press for an outcome that would not be totally successful. He did so by describing the patient’s series of complications. He did succumb 15 days after operation, but it was a milestone experience. I was in a perfect position to help Shumway in the culmination of all of those years of experimental work with the first clinical case. It was magical.




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