Orlando Sentinel | Jon Silman, Miami Herald
On Thanksgiving Day, 1986, transplant surgeon, Dr. Hooshang Bolooki sat in an ambulance speeding down Interstate 95, clutching a plastic igloo cooler filled with crushed ice - and life.
A human heart from a Hollywood suicide victim. A tragedy for sure, but in this case, a tragedy begets a miracle.
At Jackson Memorial Hospital, a medical team waited with heart patient Mark Frye, then 27, who lay on a table with his chest cracked open, his diseased heart removed.
It would be the first heart transplant performed at the University of Miami/Jackson Memorial Medical Center, and anxiety was high.
It took about an hour to reattach the human heart. At the time, there was a 50 percent chance he would make it past five years, said cardiologist Eduardo De Marchena, who was among the doctors at the hospital that day.
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