Medicine: Good Start

Little Pamela Lamphere (22 months) cleared the first hurdle in her obstacle race for a normal life. Because she was born with her bladder outside her body, her best chance for outliving early childhood was a dangerous series of three operations (TIME, Aug. 23). Last week the first was performed in Chicago's Cook County Hospital by Surgeon Harry A. Oberhelman. Said Dr. Oberhelman: "It went just fine—couldn't be better."

Pamela's parents, whose marital differences have fascinated Chicago newspaper readers almost as much as Pamela's peril, took the operation harder than the patient did. The sight of a routine blood transfusion blacked out...

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