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Richard Herrick

First successful human organ transplant

Died when: 31 years 272 days (380 months)
Star Sign: Gemini

Richard J.Herrick (June 15, 1931 – March 14, 1963) was the world's first recipient of a successful human organ transplant, receiving a kidney from his identical twin brother Ronald, in an operation performed by Joseph Murray, Hartwell Harrison, and Joseph Merrill in 1954.

Herrick was diagnosed with Kidney Disease, and was given little time to live.Herrick was told of a Harvard Medical School professor experimenting with the idea of transplanting healthy organs into those whose organs had failed.

On December 23, 1954, the surgery was done, giving Richard one of Ronald's kidneys.After surgery he lived for 8 more years.


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