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Dr Christian Barnard 1967


A tribute to Professor Christiaan Barnard by Netcare

Christiaan Barnard was a South African surgeon. In 1967 he made the first human to human heart transplant in history. The patient, Louis Washkansky, died of pneumonia. It was a consequence of a therapy by immunosuppressants. Barnard also invented therapy for intestinal atresia (a malformation of the intestine).
    • Essentials 

    • Personal 

    • Historical context 

    • First human-to-human heart transplant 

    • Additional heart transplants 

    • Public life 

    • Retirement 

    • Death