But according to those who knew him, was Herrick ‘s legacy much more about his talent as a teacher, about his kidney donation. The Boston Globe reported Herrick was a math teacher in Northborough and Winthrop, Maine until his retirement in 1986. Later, he was a math teacher at the University of Maine at Augusta before bed again in 1997. It was the world’s first successful organ transplant, what Ronald ‘s brother, Richard, eight more years of life. The medical pioneer died at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center in Maine.
The Herrick brothers paved the way for organ donation in 1954. 56 years later , organ transplants are much more common. In the first eight months of this year alone, 21,648 people received transplants, according to the United Network for Organ Sharing. Continue reading “But according to those who knew him.”