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When did the first heart transplant occur?

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Dr. Pasala Ravichandran
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1967: Christian bernaard in South Africa was the surgeon. The patient died even though the operation was a success. But the real pioneer of heart tx was norman shumway of usa.

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A 37-year-old member asked:

What occurs if you needed a heart transplant and you didn't have access to it?

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Dr. Creighton Wright
General Surgery 56 years experience
Terminal illness: Possible lvad to temporize in specific situations in usa outside usa and developed countries the natural history is followed to heart failure, organ failure and death.
A 32-year-old member asked:

What was the significance of the first heart transplant?

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Dr. Andrew Chung
Cardiology 27 years experience
Spiritual: Aside from proving it can be done, the first heart transplant showed that the heart of the body is not the heart of the soul as evident by the observation that there was no change in the emotions/desires of the donor heart recipient.
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A 35-year-old member asked:

Who did the first heart transplant?

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Dr. Aaron Milstone
Pulmonology 27 years experience
1967: In 1967 the first heart transplant was done by christiaan barnard. Thousands are done in the the world each year with fairly good success.
A 36-year-old member asked:

Who performed the first heart transplant?

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Dr. Craig Carter
Thoracic Surgery 40 years experience
Barnard: Christian Barnard in 1967 in South Africa. Patient lived for about 18 days.
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A 33-year-old member asked:

When did the first successful heart transplant happen?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Human-'67 Dr Barnard: Here is an overview of history and interesting cases: http://www.Thelancet.Com/journals/lancet/article/piis0140-6736(09)60712-1/fulltext.

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