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08/11/1923 The man who transplanted heart is born

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 

  • Early life 

  • Career 

  • Historical context 

  • First human-to-human heart transplant 

  • Additional heart transplants 

  • Public life 

  • Personal life 

  • Retirement 

  • Death