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Follow Your Star: From Mining to Heart Transplants - A Surgeons Story

Terence English

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252 pages. Dimensions: 8.9in. x 6.0in. x 0.8in.The central part of this story is a fascinating account of the trials and tribulations associated with the authors determination to establish a heart transplant programme in Britain. He eventually performed Britains first successful heart transplant at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in 1979. At the time there were only four other centres in the world performing heart transplants. However, within a decade over 4, 000 patients a year were being transplanted worldwide, and Papworth had become one of the best known hospitals for heart and lung transplantation. The authors involvement in this work led to professional recognition and the presidency of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Amongst other responsibilities, he became engaged in trying to modify some of the more controversial reforms of the National Health Service being introduced at that time by the Thatcher government. Other honours followed, including a knighthood and seven years as Master of St Catharines College in Cambridge, which added a new dimension of interest to his life. The story also covers his early years in South Africa, including his work as a diamond-driller in Rhodesia and then qualification as a mining engineer before deciding to become a doctor. Prior to starting at Guys Hospital in London, he engaged in mining exploration in Northern Quebec and the Yukon and during the next three years returned to Canada each summer for similar work. His training in cardiac surgery coincided with exciting developments in this new specialty, during which his background in engineering proved helpful. A theme present throughout Terence Englishs autobiography is that of Follow Your Star. For him this meant being prepared to change direction if a brighter star seemed to appear on the horizon. This led to several false starts along the way, but most provided valuable and enriching experiences, even if they did not contribute to his eventual career. This item ships from multiple locations. Your book may arrive from Roseburg,OR, La Vergne,TN. Bookseller Inventory # 9781456771317

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The central part of this story is a fascinating account of the trials and tribulations associated with the author’s determination to establish a heart transplant programme in Britain. He eventually performed Britain’s first successful heart transplant at Papworth Hospital near Cambridge in 1979. At the time there were only four other centres in the world performing heart transplants. However, within a decade over 4,000 patients a year were being transplanted worldwide, and Papworth had become one of the best known hospitals for heart and lung transplantation.

The author’s involvement in this work led to professional recognition and the presidency of the Royal College of Surgeons of England. Amongst other responsibilities, he became engaged in trying to modify some of the more controversial reforms of the National Health Service being introduced at that time by the Thatcher government. Other honours followed, including a knighthood and seven years as Master of St Catharine’s College in Cambridge, which added a new dimension of interest to his life.

The story also covers his early years in South Africa, including his work as a diamond-driller in Rhodesia and then qualification as a mining engineer before deciding to become a doctor. Prior to starting at Guy’s Hospital in London, he engaged in mining exploration in Northern Quebec and the Yukon and during the next three years returned to Canada each summer for similar work. His training in cardiac surgery coincided with exciting developments in this new specialty, during which his background in engineering proved helpful.

A theme present throughout Terence English’s autobiography is that of “Follow Your Star”. For him this meant being prepared to change direction if a brighter star seemed to appear on the horizon. This led to several false starts along the way, but most provided valuable and enriching experiences, even if they did not contribute to his eventual career.

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When I look back on the whole transplant experience, I can see that it is the early years that were undoubtedly the most satisfying of my professional career. If I try and analyse why this should have been so, I believe it is because they offered the opportunity to provide a complete package of care for the sick and anxious patients who were referred to us for transplantation. As in all medicine, it is the initial consultation between doctor and patient that can establish the trust and confidence that is so central to the whole endeavour. And how much more important this was for a group of patients who were being offered a journey into the unknown. As mentioned, we told them about the uncertainties of the donor supply, the risks and imponderables of the operation and the possibility of rejection and infection. Although some of these concepts were complicated, it did seem possible with a degree of sympathy and optimism - to which surely all patients should be exposed - to achieve the sort of trust which meant so much not only to the patients but also to the wives, husbands, or relatives who accompanied them. They also knew that if they were accepted for transplantation, they would have our total commitment towards a successful outcome.

And although all patients had to remain permanently on drugs to suppress the immune system, the general quality of life amongst survivors was gratifyingly good. Many got back to work, some had babies, others had the pleasure of watching their children or grandchildren grow up. Papworth had given them the extra life which they valued, and there was a strong bond between survivors and the hospital and staff who had looked after them. This was reflected during the celebrations which took place in 2004 when several hundred of the more than 1,000 heart transplants which had been performed by then returned to the hospital for the 25th Anniversary of the start of the programme. It was a huge pleasure to be there with them and to be presented with such striking evidence that all the hard work, difficulties and disappointments had in the end been worth it.

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