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Local News in Brief : Newport Beach : 6th Heart Transplant Is Performed at Hoag

A Corona del Mar man who suffers from a degenerative heart disease was in critical but stable condition Friday, one day after receiving a heart transplant at Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian.

Robert S. Ferry, 56, received the heart of a 17-year-old youth from San Bernardino County during a 4 1/2-hour operation Thursday night, a hospital spokeswoman said. The transplant was performed by cardiac surgeons Aidan A. Raney and Douglas R. Zusman.

Ferry, a former marketing manager for an aerospace firm, is married and has three children. Hospital officials would not release any details regarding the heart donor.

It was the hospital’s sixth transplant since the program was accredited in January. The first transplant at Hoag was performed in April, and the first three recipients are recovering at home, the spokeswoman said.

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On Sept. 28, Mary Kachaturoff, 56, of Mission Viejo, and Robert Morse, 54, of Huntington Beach received heart transplants. Both remain hospitalized in good condition at Hoag, the spokeswoman said.


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