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Oswaldtwistle pioneering transplant surgeon to retire
2:36pm Tuesday 26th July 2011 in Health
A PIONEERING surgeon from Oswaldtwistle whose work ‘saved countless lives’ is to retire.
Professor John Wallwork, who attended Accrington Grammar School, has worked at Papworth Hospital in Cambridge during a 30 year career at the forefront of transplant surgery.
He was part of the team that carried out the world's first successful heart-lung transplant in America and in 1984 and he performed the first successful operation in Europe at the hospital.
Stephen Bridge, chief executive of Papworth Hospital, said: “John has made an outstanding contribution to heart and lung surgery and transplantation.”