First Human Kidney Transplant

The first human kidney transplant is performed by Dr. Joseph E. Murray at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston, Massachusetts in 1954.

Not concerned about whether they were making history or not, Murray was quoted as saying “We didn’t think we made history. We didn’t even think of history.  We thought we were going to save a patient.”

On October 26, 1954, Richard Herrick was admitted to Brigham with chronic nephritis, and it soon became evident that he was going to die. Richard’s twin brother and best friend, Ronald, agreed to give one of his healthy kidneys to his brother. Extensive testing was carried out, including a successful skin graft from Ronald to Richard and fingerprinting of the brothers at a local police station. Richard thrived after surgery, and married his recovery nurse.  They had two children together. Read the details of this essential bit of medical history.

Giving Gratitude to Operating Room Nurses

Simply said, with a Doctor for a parent, nurses gained a great deal of respect from our family.  Operating Room nurses are a focused, disciplined group that basically perform as a team with the surgeon(s) and other nurses to provide the absolute safest, most efficient environment for one patient at a time. And sometimes, it can be under some pretty crazy situations.  We found this article about 2 different types of OR nurses – at a surgery clinic in a small town and the other, part of a traveling surgical team. This will give you a little more insight on what it really is like to work side-by-side other medical professionals in what can be a very stressful environment. I want to personally thank all of the wonderful OR nurses helping to keep us safe during surgery.