Center for Bioethics Papers

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Journal Article

Date of this Version

December 1983


Just thirty years after the first kidney transplant between identical twins was undertaken in 1954, organ transplantation has come of age. Today many transplant surgeons have attained success rates of over 80 percent survival for at least five years among those who have received kidneys from live related donors. The survival rate for those who receive cadaver kidneys five years after surgery is 60 percent. More than 95 percent of corneal transplant recipients have their sight restored.


© The Hastings Center. Reprinted by permission. This article originally appeared in The Hastings Center Report, Volume 13, Issue 6, December 1983, pages 23-32.
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