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A long wait: how nurses can help patients through the transplantation pathway

Helen Castle, BSc (Hons), RGN.Clinicians' Assistant at Papworth Hospital NHS Trust, Papworth Everard, CambridgeNearly 37 years have passed since the first successful human heart transplant was performed on 3 December 1967 (Barnard, 1967). In the years since, we have seen cardiac transplantation transform from a radical and controversial surgical approach (Hunt, 1998) into a mainstream treatment.

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