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October 14, 1992 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After being told at the age of 13 that she had a rare liver disease and was given one month to live, Susan M. Fowler spent the next 13 years proving her doctors wrong, racing horses and motorcycles with a gusto that family and friends say belied her condition. But on Monday, the Burbank woman finally lost her battle with liver disease despite the extraordinary pig liver transplant that doctors hoped would keep her alive until a human liver donor could be found.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1992 | SAM ENRIQUEZ, TIMES STAFF WRITER
After being told at the age of 13 that she had a rare liver disease and was given one month to live, Susan M. Fowler spent the next 13 years proving her doctors wrong, racing horses and motorcycles with a gusto that family and friends say belied her condition. But on Monday, the Burbank woman finally lost her battle with liver disease despite the extraordinary pig liver transplant that doctors hoped would keep her alive until a human liver donor could be found.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 26, 1992
In response to "Activists Protest Use of Pig Liver in Transplant," Oct. 16: I commend the courage of the medical staff at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and the family of Susan Fowler for daring to attempt the untried. I stand behind their decision 100%. I take exception to Bill Dyer's comment that costly procedures should be ceased in favor of basic health care for all. I believe there needs to be a balance and you can't play God by denying or not attempting treatment because of the cost.
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October 16, 1992 | ALICIA DI RADO, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Dozens of angry animal rights activists demonstrated Thursday in front of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center against an experimental liver transplant that necessitated the killing of a pig and ended in the death of a Burbank woman. As a few passing cars honked in support, members of the Last Chance for Animals and People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals groups waved signs reading: "Cedars is Sick" and "Dr. Frankenstein lives."
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October 22, 1992 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the turbulent aftermath of the world's first pig-to-human liver transplant, the surgeon, Dr. Leonard Makowka, is embroiled in a dispute with a San Diego biotechnology company that claims him as a vice president, along with exclusive rights to market any innovations emerging from Makowka's pig liver research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Xenogenex Inc.
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October 22, 1992 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In the turbulent aftermath of the world's first pig-to-human liver transplant, the surgeon, Dr. Leonard Makowka, is embroiled in a dispute with a San Diego biotechnology company that claims him as a vice president, along with exclusive rights to market any innovations emerging from Makowka's pig liver research at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Xenogenex Inc.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 14, 1992 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Researchers at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center on Tuesday were already considering doing more pig-to-human liver transplants even as bioethicists rekindled the longstanding debate about how far scientific research should be pushed in humans. The reactions came in the wake of the death Monday of Susan Fowler, 26, of Burbank, about 30 hours after she received a pig's liver to take over the functions of her own failing organ.
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August 6, 2006 | Gregory W. Griggs, Times Staff Writer
For Cade and Riley Ramirez, there was no better way to enjoy a warm summer afternoon than to spend it with their grandmother strolling the midway at the Ventura County Fair. Cade, 6, and Riley, 3, had already splashed around on the bumper boats, and Cade determined it enough fun to try again. It didn't take much pleading for Rosa Ramirez to agree to another turn on the miniature vessels equipped with steering wheels.
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January 12, 1993 | THOMAS H. MAUGH II, TIMES SCIENCE WRITER
A 62-year-old Pittsburgh man who received a baboon liver in a Sunday evening operation was groggy but in good condition Monday, his surgeons said. The unidentified man, who before the 13-hour operation had only an estimated 30 days to live because of a fatal liver disease, is the second human to receive a baboon liver. He could not be given a human liver because of an active hepatitis B infection, which would infect and destroy a transplanted human liver.
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October 13, 1992 | IRENE WIELAWSKI, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A Burbank woman who was kept alive with a transplanted pig's liver in an unprecedented procedure died Monday night before she could go into surgery to receive a human liver, a spokesman for Cedars-Sinai Medical Center said. The pig's liver kept Susan Fowler, 26, alive for more than 30 hours until a donated human liver became available Monday, hospital officials said. But the surgery to transplant the human liver never got under way, said hospital spokesman Ronald Wise.
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July 9, 1994 | from Associated Press
Death was near for the 11-year-old boy, but his parents worried that the sick child had no sense of what it meant to die. With his mother in the room, a doctor undertook a wide-ranging talk with the boy, touching on the Big Bang Theory and the David and Goliath story. At one point, the child asked the doctor if she prayed. The boy said that every night, he said a prayer: "Now I lay me down to sleep, I pray the Lord my soul to keep, if I should die before I wake. . . .
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