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Once a risky surgery, lung transplants are now saving more lives than ever

November 1, 2016

Once a risky surgery, lung transplants are now saving more lives than ever

By Amy Albin amyalbin

Just three lung transplants were performed at UCLA in 1990. Steady improvements in the field helped the program reach a major milestone of 1,000 transplants. When Dr. Hillel Laks performed UCLA Medical Center’s first lung transplant in June 1990, the 26-year-old patient, Julie Hancock of Orange County, recalled not being afraid, but having complete trust […]

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Tags: donor lungs, Dr. Abbas Ardehali, Dr. Hillel Laks, intubation, lung transplant, lung transplants, national wait list, organs, pneumonia, pulmonary edema, trauma victims, U.S. Food and Drug Administration