Monday, November 5, 2012

On This Date in Minnesota History: November 5

November 5, 1982 – Eleven-month-old Jamie Fiske received a liver transplant at the University of Minnesota Hospitals. “The donated liver came from a brain-dead baby in Utah. Timing for the surgery was so critical that Jamie’s operation started while the liver was still airborne. Dr. John Najarian headed the team that performed the six-hour operation.”1 Today Jamie is the “world’s longest-living pediatric liver recipient. Her positive outcome helped establish a national computer system to match donors to recipients.”2

1Minneapolis Star and Tribune; ”New Hope for Jamie…11-month-old gets liver transplant at ‘U’ Hospitals”; November 6,1982; p. 1.


Najarian walks with one of his most famous patients, Jamie Fiske. Now a young woman, Fiske is the world’s longest-living liver recipient.

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