World’s First Organ Donor Dies 

A man who donated a kidney to his brother in what’s recognized as the world’s first successful organ transplant has died in Augusta.Ronald Lee Herrick died Monday at the Augusta Rehabilitation Center.His wife, Cynthia, says his health deteriorated after undergoing heart surgery in October.Herrick made history in 1954 when he donated a kidney to his twin brother, Richard, at what is now Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. They were identical twins. The United Network for Organ Sharing says it was the first successful transplant.The operation kept Herrick’s brother alive for eight years. Cynthia Herrick says she’s pleased so many people are taking an interest in this piece of “medical history.”A service is scheduled for Monday, January 3rd. Ronald Lee Herrick was 79.