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Houston operating rooms site of famed heart surgery to move

HOUSTON (AP) - Some operating rooms in Houston where pioneering heart procedures were done in the era of famed surgeon Dr. Michael DeBakey will relocate this summer.

The Houston Chronicle reported Sunday that Houston Methodist Hospital will close those operating rooms after nearly 50 years as one of the historic spots at Texas Medical Center.

Methodist's Fonden-Brown operating rooms will shut down in August as the hospital's Heart Center moves into the Paula and Joseph C. "Rusty" Walter III Tower. The new tower will feature 366 patient beds and 18 high-tech operating rooms.

The Chronicle reports Methodist's Fonden-Brown operating rooms were used for procedures such as the world's first multi-organ transplant that included a heart, lung and two kidneys from one donor.

DeBakey died in 2008 at age 99.

Information from: Houston Chronicle, http://www.houstonchronicle.com

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