Today in Religion – First Heart Transplant

Heart Transplant

On December 3, 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant.

Dr. Christiaan Barnard grew up in South Africa and attended medical school. On a scholarship to the University of Minnesota, he was exposed to heart surgery. When he returned to South Africa, Dr. Barnard set up a heart surgery program.

After a decade of performing heart surgery, Dr. Barnard and his team attempted a complete human heart transplant. His patient had a debilitating heart condition. When a young lady died and the parents consented to donate the heart, Dr. Barnard performed the transplant. After the surgery, the patient woke, talked, and even walked a little. Unfortunately, he died a few weeks later. Dr. Barnard went on to more heart transplants.

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