June 17, 2013 |
Transplant surgeons at Boston Children's Hospital are looking for kids who need a hand. The renowned Harvard University-affiliated hospital announced Monday that it was opening a pediatric hand transplant program , the first in the world. Hand transplants in adults have become fairly common since the first one was attempted in Ecuador in 1964. The hand involved in that surgery was rejected after two weeks, in large part because doctors didn't have a good understanding of immunosuppression drugs back then, according to this report in Minnesota Medicine.
April 16, 2013 |
Full Tilt Poker founder Raymond Bitar, accused of using online player funds to finance his company in what prosecutors called a Ponzi scheme, pleaded guilty but was spared from serving time in prison because he needs a heart transplant. U.S. District Judge Loretta Preska on Monday approved a plea agreement between Bitar, 41, and prosecutors, sentencing him to the seven days he served in jail last year, after saying a prison sentence would kill him. Bitar, who participated in a hearing in Manhattan federal court by video link from Los Angeles, near his home, pleaded guilty to two felonies that carry a maximum sentence of 35 years in prison.
December 4, 2012 |
To his detractors, Vice President Dick Cheney was the dark force of the administration of President George W. Bush. Cheney himself said he was “honored” at being compared to Darth Vader . Those who blamed him for the second Iraq War liked to call him “heartless.” Well, Dick Cheney does have a heart. The first one nearly killed him a few times - he's had five heart attacks. At one point in 2010 his heart actually stopped beating, with various iterations of the headline “Cheney Has No Pulse” gracing newspapers and the Internet.
November 1, 2012 |
It's never too early to start getting excited about a possible Kentucky Derby contender, so attention will be focused on unbeaten Shanghai Bobby in Saturday's $2-million Breeders' Cup Juvenile at Santa Anita. Trained by Todd Pletcher, the 2-year-old son of Harlan's Holiday is four for four and coming off a five-length victory in the Grade I Champagne Stakes last month at Belmont Park. "What I've really liked is he's learned to settle off a horse," Pletcher said. It will be Shanghai Bobby's first race around two turns.
May 11, 2012 |
Carroll Shelby, the charismatic Texan who parlayed a short-lived racing career into a specialized business building high-performance, street-legal cars, died Thursday. He was 89. Shelby died at Baylor Hospital in Dallas, according to an announcement by his company, Carroll Shelby Licensing. A cause was not disclosed. He led a colorful, outsized life that touched virtually every corner of the automotive world, said Leslie Kendall, curator of the Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.
April 3, 2012 |
Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released from the hospital Tuesday, 10 days after receiving a heart transplant, his office announced. The surgery on Cheney, who has had a long history of heart troubles, was performed at Inova Fairfax Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute in Falls Church, Va. In a prepared statement, Cheney thanked his doctors and the unknown donor. "Former Vice President Dick Cheney was released today from Inova Fairfax Hospital Heart and Vascular Institute ten days after heart transplant surgery.