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[Correspondence] How should the UK pioneer innovative and untested procedures?

Baby Hollie, on July 30, 1984, became the youngest ever patient to undergo a heart transplant, aged 10 days, and was the first neonate to survive the operation.1 Hollie’s case could not have been considered a standard procedure. Although standard procedure might not necessarily be the only safe route through which doctors can act legally,2 many doctors might feel vulnerable and open to an action of negligence when prescribing outside guidelines.3 The medical team treating Baby Hollie in 1984 never felt vulnerable.

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