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On 3rd December 1967 South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard conducted the first heart transplant on 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky


Hamilton Naki became a self-taught surgeon of such skill that Dr. Christiaan Barnard chose him to assist in the world's first human heart transplant in 1967. His contribution was kept secret for three decades because he was a black man in apartheid-era South Africa. He acquired his surgical skills through years of silent observation and covert practice at the university's medical school. His skills were so esteemed that the university quietly looked the other way.


Children's pull-out poster for The Times, showing different inventions from around the world. Illustration by Owen Gatley


#TBT in honor of February being National #HeartMonth. Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant in South Africa in 1967.


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On 3rd December 1967, 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky receives the first successful heart transplant in Cape Town, South Africa. Washkansky, a grocer who suffered from chronic heart disease, received the transplant from Denise Darvall, a 25-year-old woman who was fatally injured in a car accident. Surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the revolutionary medical operation, which was a success.


Christiaan Neethling Barnard performed the world's first adult heart transplant on Louis Washkansky on December 3, 1967 at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town South Africa.


Today, 10-3 in 1967, the world’s first successful heart transplant was performed. Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the operation at Cape Town, South Africa.

Dr. Hamilton Naki He was a black laboratory assistant to white cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard in South Africa under apartheid, Dr. Hamilton Naki was the second most importat man in the team that performed the first heart transplant in history

"Una montagna è come l'istruzione, quanto più alta l'ascesa, tanto più esteso il panorama" quote by Dr. Christiaan Barnard by Alex for

FIRST BROADCAST | 02 February 1968 Tomorrow's World Special | Barnard Faces His Critics A debate with Christiaan Barnard, the pioneering heart transplant surgeon.

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Karen Thomson, great-granddaughter of pioneering heart transplant surgeon Dr Christiaan Barnard, lays out a revolutionary approach for cutting back on carbs and kicking your sugar habit, leaving you slimmer and feeling fabulous for ever

Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town (translates as big barn) where the world's first heart transplant took place


Louis Wankansky The recipient of the first heart transplant, performed in 1967 by Dr. Christiaan Barnard, lived only 18 days. The patient did not die because the new heart failed, but because of pneumonia that the patient acquired due to the patient’s immune system being compromised by the anti-rejection drugs that the patient had to take.


Christiaan Barnard-It was on the historical third day of December in the year 1967 when Christiaan Barnard added a new glorious chapter to the pages of medical history with his first human-to-human heart transplant. It was his deep fascination and his sincere personal drive that led him to accomplish this groundbreaking surgery.

Christiaan Neethling Barnard (8 November 1922 – 2 September 2001) was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant.