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Three babies given chance at life, but transplant procedure raises ethical issues

4:55pm, August 13, 2008
Three babies are alive after each received an unorthodox heart transplant, researchers report in the Aug. 14 New England Journal of Medicine. But the method has resparked debate about the definition of death.

The experimental transplant procedure marks the first time infants have received hearts from infant donors who had been taken off life support.

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