This is Dr. Christian Barnard. He performed the world's first human heart transplant operation on 3 December 1967 in S. Africa. The patient was a 54-year-old man suffering from incurable heart disease. Barnard later wrote, "If a lion chases you to the bank of a river filled with crocodiles, you will leap in, convinced you can swim to the other side." The donor heart came from a woman who had been brain damaged in an accident.  The doctor marveled, 'It works.' The patient lived for 18 days.

This is Dr. Christian Barnard. He performed the world's first human heart transplant operation on 3 December 1967 in S. Africa. The patient was a 54-year-old man suffering from incurable heart disease. Barnard later wrote, "If a lion chases you to the bank of a river filled with crocodiles, you will leap in, convinced you can swim to the other side." The donor heart came from a woman who had been brain damaged in an accident. The doctor marveled, 'It works.' The patient lived for 18 days.

Dr Christiaan Barnard with his team. First heart transplant, December 1967.

Dr Christiaan Barnard with his team. First heart transplant, December 1967.

Dr Chris Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon, famous for performing the world's first successful human-to-human heart Orthotopic transplant.

Dr Chris Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon, famous for performing the world's first successful human-to-human heart Orthotopic transplant.

Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the famed South African surgeon who performed the world's first human heart transplant on 53-year-old Louis Washkansky in 1967. He died in Cyprus in 2001.

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Dr. Christiaan Barnard, the famed South African surgeon who performed the world's first human heart transplant on 53-year-old Louis Washkansky in 1967. He died in Cyprus in 2001.

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.

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.

Christiaan Barnard 1969 - 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.

Christiaan Barnard 1969 - 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.

Christiaan Barnard is one name that we associate with the first ever heart transplant. Read more to find out about his childhood, life and timeline.

Christiaan Barnard is one name that we associate with the first ever heart transplant. Read more to find out about his childhood, life and timeline.

Christiaan Barnard - cardiac surgeon,  Hij werd wereldberoemd toen hij op 3 december 1967 in het Groote Schuur Ziekenhuis in Kaapstad als eerste een geslaagde harttransplantatie van mens op mens uitvoerde.

Christiaan Barnard - cardiac surgeon, Hij werd wereldberoemd toen hij op 3 december 1967 in het Groote Schuur Ziekenhuis in Kaapstad als eerste een geslaagde harttransplantatie van mens op mens uitvoerde.

Dr.  Christiaan N. Barnard

Dr. Christiaan N. Barnard

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