Tuesday, 27 November 2012
Dr Joseph Murray First Surgeon to carry out a kidney transplant Passes on @ 93
Dr Joseph Murray, the surgeon who carried out the first successful kidney transplant and later won a Nobel Prize for his work, has died at the age of 93. Dr Murray died in Boston on Monday after suffering a stroke last Thursday.
Murray and his team completed the first human organ transplant in 1954, taking a kidney from one identical twin and giving it to his twin brother, opening a new field in medicine. More than 600,000 people worldwide have received transplants since Murray's innovation. Contd to see photo
Making history: Richard Herrick, front left, and his twin brother Ron, front right, pose with doctors, from top left, Joseph Murray, John Merrill and J. Hartwell Harrison, in 1954. Murray was lead surgeon in the first successful organ transplant in which Ron donated a kidney to Richard