1967: First Heart Transplant Performed in Africa

1967: First Heart Transplant Performed in Africa
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  • historical event: Christiaan Barnard, the surgeon who performed the first successful heart transplant, became an international star. It is interesting that he previously practiced on dogs, and was on this day assisted by his brother – Marius Barnard.

The first successful heart transplant was performed on this day in 1967 by the South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard. Before that, he spent a few years experimenting with animal heart transplants. During that period, more than 50 dogs received transplanted hearts. On this day, for the first time, a heart transplant was performed on a human, where Barnard assisted his own brother, Marius.

The operation was carried out in Cape Town, South Africa, lasted nine hours, and included 30 people. Patient Louis Washkansky, a 54-year-old South African, received a new heart. The heart was taken from the young woman – Denise Darvall, who had an accident while crossing the street the previous day and suffered brain damage.

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