Transplantation: A History and Future of Firsts

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital August 27, 2013

Many transplant milestones have taken place at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, including the world’s first successful human organ transplant, a kidney transplanted from one identical twin to another, in 1954. Since this groundbreaking start, our transplant programs have continued to build upon this innovative spirit. View the following infographic to learn more about our history of transplant innovation.
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Ringing out 2012 – Most Popular HealthHub Posts

Posted by Brigham and Women's Hospital January 1, 2013

The blog team at Brigham and Women’s Hospital would like to close out 2012 with a selection of our most popular posts.  We’d also love to read about your favorites in our comments section.

We wish you a safe and happy New Year and look forward to sharing more health stories with you in 2013.


1.  What’s in a Face?

After suffering a disfiguring injury, Dallas Wiens receives the gift of a new face – the first full face transplant in the U.S. – at Brigham and Women’s Hospital.  The life-giving surgery, performed by a team of more than 30 physicians, nurses, anesthesiologists, and residents , provides Wiens with the typical facial features and function of any other man.


2.  Prostate Cancer Screening – Should I or Shouldn’t I?

Dr. Anthony D’Amico, Professor and Chief of Genitourinary Radiation Oncology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and Chief of the Prostate Cancer Radiation Oncology Service at Dana-Farber/Brigham and Women’s Cancer Center, discusses the benefits of prostate cancer screening, particularly for younger men.

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How Much Can Two Hands Hold?

Posted by Blog Administrator March 30, 2012

Hand Transplant patient

Richard Mangino holds his wife’s hand after his double hand transplant.

Have you ever thought about what life would be like if you lost your hands?

My mind races to the practical. Would I need someone to feed me because I couldn’t grasp a fork and knife? Would someone have to wash me and brush my teeth? Would I fear the loss of my independence and, whether rational or not, my dignity?

It turns out that it would be so much more than that. Ask Richard Mangino.

Richard Mangino, 65, of Revere, MA, lost his arms below the elbows and his legs below the knees after contracting sepsis, a bacterial infection, in 2002. Mangino, however, wasn’t about to give up his independence. After he was fitted with prosthetic limbs, he worked hard to return to doing practical things that most of us take for granted, like mowing the lawn and painting. His loved ones were amazed and thankful. He then channeled that success into teaching others how to effectively use their artificial limbs. But Mangino still felt that something was missing, so physicians proposed an innovative alternative to his prosthetic hands.

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