The man given a new heart at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Sydney yesterday is a veteran of the Second World War, and the complex operation will be paid for by the Repatriation Department.
C2 Reader & Cello:
ROLL AND TAKE ON "At"
CUE: WS two men
CUE: two shot
CUE: End sound
128 1/2 ft
Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved
Background: The man given a new heart at Saint Vincent's Hospital, Sydney yesterday is a veteran of the Second World War, and the complex operation will be paid for by the Repatriation Department.
The recipient is Mr. Richard Pye, 54, of Belmore.
Before being transferred to Saint Vincent's on Monday, Mr. Pye was a patient at the Repatriation General Hospital at Concord.
He was a maintenance cleaner on the Sydney Harbour Bridge and gave up work two years ago because of his heart condition.
He was a patient of the surgeon who led the heart transplant team, Mr. Harry Windsor.
No announcement has been made about the identity of the donor of the heart given Mr. Pye, but is believed to have been a young man. His kidneys were implanted into two people who had been kept alive by artificial kidney machines, one of them for six months.
Synopsis: At a news conference at Saint Vincent's this afternoon, Mr. Windsor spoke to reporters about the operation.
"........THAN WE THOUGHT."
The heart surgeon was asked whether the operation could be regarded as an experiment.....
"....SO YOU ARE GETTING NEAR THAT."
He was also questioned on what would be done to ascertain whether there was any rejection of the new heart.....
"......I DON'T THINK SO."
Mr. Windsor talking about the heart transplant. For the latest report on Mr. Pye's condition we cross to Dugald Macleod at Saint Vincent's.