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Nobel winner and organ transplant pioneer Joseph Murray dies

Published on Nov 27, 2012 12:55 PM

BOSTON (REUTERS) - Dr Joseph Murray, the surgeon who carried out the first successful kidney transplant and later won a Nobel Prize for his work in medicine and physiology, died on Monday in Boston at the age of 93.

Dr Murray died after suffering a stroke last Thursday, Brigham and Women's Hospital spokesman Tom Langford said.

Dr Murray and his team completed the first human organ transplant in 1954, taking a kidney from one identical twin and giving it to his twin brother, opening a new field in medicine, the hospital said.

"The world is a better place because of all Dr. Murray has given. His legacy will forever endure in our hearts and in every patient who has received the gift of life through transplantation," hospital president Dr Elizabeth Nabel said in a statement.

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