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50th Anniversary of the First Human Heart Transplant

13 Feb 2017 - 17:45

On December 3, 1967, Professor Christiaan (Chris) Barnard performed the World's first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital. That procedure, described by Barnard as "not that great an event - certainly not in the history of medicine" continues to attract public and professional interest half a century later. Read more about that historic event and the planned anniversary event.