(US-ca) Loma Linda celebrates century of health, values
- [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
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,
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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