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July 11, 1992 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Doctors reported encouraging results from tests on a 35-year-old man who received a baboon's liver in a history-making transplant, but they said they remain cautious about hopes for a full recovery. The doctors completed a liver biopsy, extracting a small piece of the patient's new liver and examining it under a microscope. "This process found no signs of rejection.
July 6, 1992 | From Associated Press
Dr. Leonard Bailey, who outraged animal rights groups by putting a baboon's heart into an infant girl in 1984, wants to perform at least five more of the transplants. Bailey will ask the Loma Linda Medical Center review board this summer for permission to attempt five to seven transplants within a year, said hospital spokesman Dick Schaefer. "He believes it will be 100% successful," Schaefer said of the proposed procedures.
July 4, 1992 | From Associated Press
Doctors on Friday upgraded from critical to serious the condition of a man who received a baboon's liver in a historic transplant operation six days ago. "His liver function is improving and they are pleased with his rate of recovery," said Lisa Rossi, spokeswoman for the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. The patient, a 35-year-old man who has requested anonymity, ate and took a walk Friday for the first time since the surgery, the world's first baboon-to-human liver transplant operation.
July 1, 1992
The 35-year-old man who received a baboon liver in an experimental transplant improved Tuesday but remains in critical condition at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center, his physicians said. The patient, about whom no personal details have been released, sat in a chair Tuesday and watched television. He is breathing without the aid of a respirator. His condition is similar to what would have been expected had he received a human liver.
A terminally ill 35-year-old man who received a baboon liver in a historic but untested operation was said by doctors Monday at University of Pittsburgh Medical Center to be doing as well as could be expected. The 11-hour surgery, which ended late Sunday, is the first known baboon-to-human liver transplant. If the experiment succeeds, it is likely to focus renewed interest on the use of animals for transplants because of the shortage of human organs.
June 29, 1992 | From Associated Press
Surgeons at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center on Sunday performed the first transplant of a baboon liver into a human being. The unidentified recipient, who was dying of hepatitis B, was listed in critical condition after the 11-hour operation, said Lisa Rossi, a medical center spokeswoman. Hepatitis B can destroy a person's liver. The transplanted baboon liver began functioning before the patient left the operating room, she said.
June 7, 1992 | RHONDA HILLBERY, Rhonda Hillbery is a free-lance writer based in St. Paul, Minn.
On a sweltering May afternoon, a film crew sprays fake snow on the sidewalk in front of Jim's Coffee Shop and Bakery. Christmas decorations are strung overhead, and an old-fashioned Santa-drinking-Coke billboard looms on the next block. Cast and crew of "The Baboon Heart" have become regulars at the diner, the principal locale for this tragicomic love story starring Christian Slater, Marisa Tomei and Rosie Perez and directed and produced by Tony Bill. Jim's looks like the real thing, all right.
May 31, 1992
Thanks for putting the laugh back in The McLaughlin Group ("The McLaughlin Grope," by Scott Shuger, April 26). I predict that one of its members will write you a windbag letter of rebuke. I predict you'll print it. What I know for sure is that you've exposed this collection of rich, blind baboons. FREDERICK CLEVELAND Hollywood
In an extraordinary public inquiry into allegations of state-supported political assassinations, South African military officials admitted Monday that members of a secret army unit tailed anti-apartheid activists, planted a bomb at a township meeting hall and plotted to send the fetus of a baboon to Anglican Archbishop Desmond M. Tutu.
July 21, 1988 | CORINNE A. FLOCKEN
Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus. A Safari Fantasy. Ahh, the circus. The flash of a thousand sequins, the smell of popcorn and peanuts, the roar of alligators. Yup, alligators. In its never-ending quest for the bizarre and beguiling, Ringling Bros. began its weeklong run at the Anaheim Convention Center on Tuesday with one of the strangest acts to hit the center ring. It is Tahar: the Moroccan Master, a solid brick wall of a man who gets his kicks playing chicken with alligators.
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