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First Successful Organ Transplant, Little Company of Mary, 1950
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LCMH by the Decades: 1950s

First Successful Organ Transplant, Little Company of Mary, 1950

Ruth Tucker, 49, suffered from polycystic kidneys and was in need of a new kidney. One of her kidneys was non-functioning and the other only functioned at 10 percent. Tucker’s mother and sister had also died from the same disease. The doctors, hospital leadership and patient bravely decided to attempt something that hadn’t been done…

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LCMH by the Decades: 1950s

We can’t talk about the 1950s without mentioning one of the most significant events in, not only Little Company of Mary’s history, but medical history as well. On June 17, 1950, doctors performed a kidney transplant on Ruth Tucker, 49. While it sounds routine today, that surgery was extremely significant—it was the first successful human…

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