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Baby Paul Continues To Improve, Still On Ventilator

October 20, 1987

LOMA LINDA, Calif. (AP) _ An infant who received a heart transplant a few hours after birth is recovering well and his condition has been upgraded from critical to serious but stable, a hospital spokeswoman said.

Paul Holc, who was delivered by Caesarean section last week when a donor heart became available, ″has had excellent cardiac function since surgery,″ said Anita Rockwell, a spokeswoman for Loma Linda University Medical Center.

The 6-pound, 6 3/4 -ounce boy showed signs of a favorable tissue match with the heart tranplanted from a girl born without a brain Oct. 12 in Orillia, Ontario, Ms. Rockwell said Monday.

The baby’s parents, Gordon and Alice Holc, of Vancouver, British Columbia, were calm and reflective about the unprecedented surgery.

″It is just really nice to have him alive and doing well,″ Mrs. Holc said Monday.

The infant remained on a ventilator in intensive care, Ms. Rockwell said.

He was diagnosed before birth as having a fatally defective heart. The transplant surgery was performed Friday by a team headed by Dr. Leonard Bailey, the infant heart transplant pioneer who placed the heart of a baboon in an infant known as Baby Fae, who died 20 days later.

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