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A tribute to Dr Hugh Bain

All of the team at CHUF were saddened to hear about the passing of one of CHUF’s founders, Dr Hugh Bain.

Dr Bain had an inspiring medical career. In 1978, Bain was appointed as a consultant at the Freeman Hospital in Newcastle, along with Dr Stewart Hunter. Together they were a tremendous team who created real change, developing one of the best children’s heart units in the UK.

Dr Bain and Dr Hunter were involved in the first ever heart transplant on a baby in 1987. Today over 300 children are admitted to the Children’s Heart Unit in the Freeman Hospital, with over 1,000 children returning annually for outpatient appointments.

Dr Bain was one of the most revolutionary clinicians that our generation had seen in medicine. Before the development of many modern clinician methods, examination was the only way a patient could be diagnosed, and Dr Bain excelled at this both with patients and passing on his skills to training medical staff. He went above and beyond to ensure patients received the right care at the time.

Bernie McCardle a previous chairman of the CHUF board said, “Learning that your child has a heart defect is one of the most traumatic times for a parent. Knowing that your child was being treated by Dr Bain made it so much easier. He had a natural ability to connect with parents and children and put them at ease.
“He was held in the highest esteem by so many parents, families and children attending the Children’s Heart Unit and he will be forever remembered in the hearts of so many he cared for.”

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