San Diego’s First Concurrent Heart-Liver Transplant Surgery A Success
Nationwide, only 16 had been performed by the end of October.
The San Diego Union-Tribune:
UC San Diego Performs Region's First Heart-Liver Transplant
Frank “Sonny” Taitano has made history as the first person to undergo a concurrent heart-liver transplant surgery in the county. That detail is not lost on his wife, Linda Castro, but she tends to view the milestone operation by the ways it is already changing his life. While her husband still struggles to get out of his bed at UC San Diego’s Sulpizio Cardiovascular Center in La Jolla, Castro said some of the heart-failure symptoms that increasingly debilitated him during the past 11 years have started to disappear. (Sisson, 12/1)
In other news from across the state —
LA Voters Might Be Asked To Help The Homeless — By Raising Taxes
L.A. County, looking for millions of dollars to fund its plan to eradicate homelessness, will likely turn to voters for a way to raise the cash. Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas and incoming Supervisor Janice Hahn have co-authored a motion to put a quarter-cent sales tax up for voter approval in March. The L.A. County Board of Supervisors is scheduled to vote on the idea Tuesday at their regular meeting. Should it make its way to the March ballot, the measure would require support from two-thirds of voters to become law. (Palta, 12/1)