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December 4, 1989 | From Associated Press
A 26-year-old woman underwent what doctors said was the world's first heart-liver-kidney transplant Sunday. Cindy Martin of Archbald was listed in critical condition Sunday night, considered normal after a transplant operation, said Lisa Rossi, a spokeswoman for University-Presbyterian Hospital. The operation began at 7:35 p.m. Saturday and ended at 5 p.m. Sunday, Rossi said.
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September 20, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
It is an overcast morning Friday, and a tiny woman sits on a bale of hay outside a distant barn at Santa Anita. In the stall behind her is a giant race horse. Her name is Kathy Ritvo, his is Mucho Macho Man. She weighs barely 100 pounds. He stands more than 17 hands and weighs close to 1,200 pounds. They are the Mutt and Jeff of thoroughbred racing. She is the trainer, he the breadwinner. Each has a story of survival, but hers is more compelling. Plus, she tells hers better.
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March 26, 2012 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
(This post has been corrected. See note at bottom.) Is it unusual for senior citizens to receive heart transplants? The question is being asked in the wake of news that former Vice President Dick Cheney just got one at age 71. The short answer: less unusual than it used to be. Consider the following numbers, courtesy of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the national transplant system for the federal government....
BUSINESS
April 16, 2013 | Bloomberg News
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.
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March 8, 1985 | United Press International
A young car mechanic who endured two heart transplants and 11 hours on a stopgap artificial blood pump died at 1:20 p.m. today, doctors at the University of Arizona Medical Center said. Thomas Creighton, 33, had shown improvement in the functioning of his lungs and was breathing easier earlier in the day, although he still needed the help of a respirator, doctors said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 13, 1992 | DAVID A. AVILA, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Two-week-old Robert Shinn is on a ventilator and remained in critical but stable condition Sunday after receiving a heart transplant Friday, a hospital official said. "We won't take him off of the critical list until he is off the ventilator," said Anita Rockwell of Loma Linda University Medical Center. The boy was born to Charles and Renee Shinn. Charles Shinn is an officer with the Westminster Police Department.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 13, 2009 | Jeff Gottlieb
Mark Landau, who with his wife, Sandra, were believed to be the first married couple to have had heart transplants, has died. He was 59. Landau, who lived in Ladera Ranch in Orange County, received a second heart transplant Dec. 17, 2007. He never regained his health and died May 2 at Fountain Valley Regional Hospital and Medical Center after a series of infections, his wife said. The couple were married 36 years. Mark Landau was born in the Bronx, N.Y., on Feb. 12, 1950.
NEWS
July 17, 1987 | ROBERT A. ROSENBLATT, Times Staff Writer
Medicare will now begin paying for heart transplants--once a highly risky and experimental procedure--with the designation recently of two medical institutions that meet government standards. Stanford University Medical Center at Palo Alto and the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond received approval this month as the first Medicare heart transplant centers, nine months after the government announced that heart transplants were being added to the list of reimbursable medical procedures.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
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.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 15, 1988 | RICHARD BEENE, Times Staff Writer
A 54-year-old Huntington Beach businessman became Orange County's fourth heart-transplant recipient Tuesday, receiving the heart of a 35-year-old Los Angeles man in a four-hour operation at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian. Neither the donor nor the recipient was identified by name. Hoag official Gail Love called the operation a success. The recipient, who had been suffering from advanced heart disease, was listed in critical condition after surgery but was stable and resting comfortably.
NATIONAL
April 3, 2012 | By Michael Muskal
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.
HEALTH
March 27, 2012 | By Alan Zarembo and Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Dick Cheney has been adjusting well to his new heart, talking and standing less than two days after receiving it Saturday. The former vice president "is doing very well" and his doctors are "very pleased" with his recovery from the transplant surgery, according to his aide, Kara Ahern. The 71-year-old Cheney received his new heart at Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va., after a lifetime of heart disease, including five heart attacks. He joined the waiting list for a transplant in 2010.
NEWS
March 26, 2012 | By Alan Zarembo, Los Angeles Times / For the Booster Shots blog
(This post has been corrected. See note at bottom.) Is it unusual for senior citizens to receive heart transplants? The question is being asked in the wake of news that former Vice President Dick Cheney just got one at age 71. The short answer: less unusual than it used to be. Consider the following numbers, courtesy of the United Network for Organ Sharing, which manages the national transplant system for the federal government....
NATIONAL
March 24, 2012 | By Dalina Castellanos
Former Vice President Dick Cheney had a heart transplant Saturday, according to a statement released from his office. Cheney, 71, received the new organ after being on a transplant list for more than 20 months, the Associated Press reported . Cheney's office said he was recovering in the intensive care unit of Inova Fairfax Hospital in Falls Church, Va. Aide Kara Ahern said in the statement that Cheney and his family do not know...
OPINION
February 4, 2012
Jonathan Zimmerman's Jan. 31 Op-Ed article on colleges' inability to measure student learning prompted Viggo P. Hansen, a professor emeritus at Cal State Northridge, to write: "The question should not be whether students are learning but rather what they are learning. "Any dedicated student who has struggled and passed calculus, biology or computer engineering has achieved something highly demonstrative and measurable by all standards, including better heart transplants and more efficient machines: They have learned.
NATIONAL
December 27, 2011 | By Michael Muskal, Los Angeles Times
The flight of medical mercy that abruptly turned tragic this week, killing an organ transplant team, began as a routine flight, say federal investigators probing the crash. Speaking at a news conference Tuesday, Jose Obregon, the chief investigator for the National Transportation Safety Board, said there was no distress signal or other warning before the Bell 206 helicopter crashed and burned in a wooded area about 12 miles northeast of Palatka, Fla. "It looked like a normal flight," Obregon said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 9, 1993 | BILL BILLITER
Michael John Reddix, the month-old child of a Yorba Linda couple, died Sunday at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles after getting a heart transplant last week. A hospital spokesman said Monday that the baby died of lung problems, not a problem with the transplanted heart. "The cause of death was severe pulmonary complications," said Tim Bradley, a spokesman for Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. "The heart was functioning well." The baby had been on a heart-lung machine since his birth Feb. 8 at St.
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