Transplants: Why Some Survive

One of five surviving heart-transplant patients, 62-year-old John Stuckwish, died in Houston last week, seven days after Dr. Denton A. Cooley sutured a homicide victim's heart into his chest.

But the other four were alive and fighting strongly for survival at week's end.

Four and a half months after surgery, South Africa's Philip Blaiberg, 58, was confidently planning to swim again, come summer. In Houston, Everett C.

Thomas, 47, continued to improve at an amazing rate. Frederick West, 45, felt well enough to play chess with his doctors at London's National Heart Hospital. And in Paris, Dominican Father Damien Boulogne, 56, who...

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