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‘Baby Rose’ Doing Well After Heart Transplant

December 12, 1986

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) _ An 11-month-old girl nicknamed ″Baby Rose″ was ″pink and warm″ and doing well after her diseased heart was replaced in an experimental transplant.

″She is doing exceedingly well and the vital signs are excellent,″ said Dr. Constantine Mavroudis, who headed the team that conducted the transplant on the infant Thursday.

He said that Baby Rose, whose identity was kept secret at her parents’ request, probably would have died within weeks because of a congenital defect that did not allow the arteries that supply blood to the heart to develop properly.

″Time will tell how good life will be for this child later on,″ Mavroudis told a news conference at Kosair Children’s Hospital.

Mavroudis performed the first infant-to-infant heart transplant in Kentucky at Kosair last June on Robert Dean Cardin, who was then less than a month old and known as ″Baby Calvin.″ The boy ″is progressing well and we have high hopes for him,″ the doctor said Thursday.

The donor of the heart used in Thursday’s operation was a 5-month-old brain-dead infant from Idaho, Mavroudis said. The child’s liver also was transplanted to an Illinois infant.

Baby Rose is believed to be among fewer than 20 infants who have received new hearts.

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