Christiaan Neethling Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant operation.
Born: 8 November 1922, Beaufort West, South Africa
Died: 2 September 2001, Paphos, Cyprus
Between December 1967 and November 1974 at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa, ten heart transplants were performed, as well as a heart and lung transplant in 1971. Of these ten patients, four lived longer than 18 months, with two of these four becoming long-term survivors.
Barnard’s most important medical contribution was his courage to proceed with a human heart transplant at a time when other surgeons who had performed the operation only on animals continued to hesitate to be the first to transplant a heart in a human.
Dr. Christiaan N. Barnard, the South African surgeon who performed the world’s first human heart transplant in 1967, died yesterday in Cyprus. He was 78.
Dr. Barnard suffered a fatal asthma…
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