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50th anniversary of the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant

From the 2-4 December an event will take place in Cape Town, South Africa to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the first human heart transplant.

Fifty years ago, on 3 December 1967, the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant was performed by Dr Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town. This was, and probably will remain, the most publicized medical event of all time, making headlines in nearly every international newspaper, magazine and tabloid within days of the event. The idea of transplanting a heart from one human to another captured the minds and imaginations of the public like no other medical event before or since.

 

Read the full article from the South African Medical Journal

Access the final event programme here

More information and photos from the 1st Heart Transplant