Organ transplant pioneer dies

November 28, 2012 - 1:29:48 am
WASHINGTON: Dr Joseph Murray , who won the Nobel Prize for performing the first-ever successful organ transplant, died late on Monday in Boston at the age of 93, his family said.
After suffering a stroke on Thursday, Murray died at Boston’s Brigham and Women’s Hospital, where he conducted the landmark kidney transplant in 1954.
“We are grateful that we had the opportunity to have a wonderful Thanksgiving together as a family — four generations of Murrays — and we will cherish the many happy memories we have of this remarkable man,” his son Rick Murray said.
Born on April 1, 1919 in Milford, Massachusetts, Murray traced his interest in the emerging science of transplants to the three years he spent on the surgical ward of an army hospital in Pennsylvania during World War II. AFP