Surgery: Liver Transplant: Battle Against the Odds

The condition of Patrolman Edward C. Callahan, 36, father of two, was listed as critical even before the famed neurosurgeons at Massachusetts General Hospital had fully assessed the damage to his brain. Callahan had been shot in the head while trying to stop a holdup at a suburban Boston supermarket, and his fight for life mounted into agonizing suspense—not only for his family and for the surgeons who were caring for him but for another family and for other surgeons in another hospital on the other side of town.

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