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    [from Inland Valley Daily Bulletin] LOMA LINDA - Faith and medicine have worked side by side in this city for a century. The two united through the visions of
    Message 1 of 1 , Mar 6, 2005
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      [from Inland Valley Daily Bulletin]

      LOMA LINDA - Faith and medicine have worked side by side in this city
      for a century. The two united through the visions of Ellen White, a
      Seventh-day Adventist Church pioneer who is considered a prophet by
      adherents.

      And neither looked back.

      Together they created Loma Linda University and its medical center,
      and now the world-renowned institutions are celebrating 100 years of
      growth and success.

      The look is different from the first days as a sanitarium and nursing
      school. But through expansions, struggles and changes, officials have
      stuck to Seventh-day Adventist values from its foundation.
      ...
      World-renowned The institutions linked to Loma Linda University gained
      prominence in 1984 when a newborn at the medical center made history
      as the first baby recipient of a cross-species heart transplant.

      Dr. Leonard Bailey implanted a baboon's heart into the premature baby Fae.

      "It was a place to start, though an audacious place to start for
      some," Bailey said. "What Baby Fae did was to suggest to the world
      around us that babies shouldn't be left out of this fantastic
      technology called transplantation."

      Though the surgery was a medical breakthrough, there were people
      opposed to that type of procedure, and there still would be today,
      Bailey said.

      The procedure drew criticism from individuals, religious leaders and
      animal-rights groups who believed it was wrong to place an animal's
      organ into a human. But it opened research that has made the medical
      center a leader in pediatric heart transplantation. More than 400
      transplants involving babies have been done there since Fae.
      ...
      "People would've come here that have no knowledge or interest in the
      conservative nature of this institution," Schaefer said. "We have a
      unique philosophy - many of us are vegetarians. We don't allow smoking
      or drinking alcohol."

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