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December 3, 1967: First Successful Human Heart Transplant

1967 First Successful Human Heart Transplant

On December 3rd, 1967, medical history was made. Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa played host to the first successful human heart transplant surgery. 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky received the heart of 25-year-old Denise Darvall, who was in a fatal car accident. The surgeon was Christiaan Barnard. He had read about a procedure performed