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More Than A Hospital

Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub: "The secret of success is passion, persistence and humility"

Season 1, Ep. 1

In a remarkable first episode of the series, Oli Lewington, a double lung transplant recipient at Harefield Hospital, meets Professor Sir Magdi Yacoub, the man responsible for setting up the transplantation centre that saved his life. Exactly 40 years to the day since Sir Magdi performed Europe's first ever heart and lung combined transplant, the legendary Harefield figure reveals how he prepared for the historical operation as well as the political struggles he faced to help get the procedure off the ground.

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