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Heart transplant experiment facing pro-con controversy

According to a spokesman for Loma Linda University Medical Center, doctors who implanted a baboon heart in an infant girl four days ago did not look for a human transplant donor and were unaware that one became available the day they performed the ''experimental surgery.'' The infant was reported in critical but stable condition Monday.

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The hospital spokesman said the child's parents ''went through the most extensive informed-consent (procedure) ever taken at the medical center,'' including signing a consent agreement twice.

On Sunday, animal-rights activists picketed outside the hospital.