STANFORD MARKS 50 YEARS SINCE FIRST U.S. ADULT HEART TRANSPLANT PERFORMED THERE

ABC 7 |  Janine De lanVega
Fifty years ago transplanting a human heart was described as revolutionary and groundbreaking. On Saturday, Stanford Hospital celebrates the 50th anniversary of being the first medical institution in the United States to perform the operation on an adult.
STANFORD, Calif. - Fifty years ago transplanting a human heart was described as revolutionary and groundbreaking. On Saturday, Stanford Hospital celebrates the 50th anniversary of being the first medical institution in the United States to perform the operation on an adult.

At 60 years old, Scott Rubin is relishing each moment he has with his family. When he was just 28 years old, Rubin was suffering from heart failure and was preparing to die and leave behind his wife and twin baby boys. But Rubin was told heart transplant at Stanford was his best hope.

"He said the average survival rate is five years and it's 50 percent -- and to me I thought that will at least get me through the kids kindergarten graduation," said Rubin.

It lasted more than expected through his sons' high school graduation. Stanford Hospital is celebrating how far it's come.

Fifty years ago, it became the first in the U.S. to do a heart transplant on an adult. Dr. Norman Shumway developed the standard surgical technique for it and performed the operation. Continue reading
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