The first successful organ transplant occurred on Dec. 23, 1954, in Boston. Doctors transplanted a kidney to a seriously ill, 23-year-old man, donated from his identical twin brother. Ronald Herrick was a healthy 23-year-old who had just been discharged from the Army. His twin brother Richard had just gotten out of the Coast Guard and was dying of kidney disease. The operation was a success and within 10 months, both brothers were back to full health.
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