The world's first human heart transplant

The world's first human heart transplant

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The world's first human-to-human heart transplant was performed by South African cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard utilizing the techniques developed by American surgeons Norman Shumway and Richard Lower. Patient Louis Washkansky received this transplant at the Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. Washkansky died 18 days later from pneumonia.

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