In 1967 Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant
In 1967 Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant. He was born in his home town Beaufort West, South Africa on November 8, 1922 and passed away on September 2, 2001. In 1957 Christiaan Barnard graduated from University of Minnesota Medical School. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human heart transplant on December 3, 1967 at Groote Schuur Hospital, Cape Town. The patient Louis Washkansky passed away from an infection 18 days later.
Christiaan Barnard was interested in medical studies at a young age, training in South Africa and going to college at 31. After getting his medical degree in 1946 Barnard worked for a two years as a general practitioner and then returned to Cape Town Medical School. Where he performed the surgery of a lifetime. Christiaan Barnard was the older brother of Marius Barnard who also went to the same college and grew up to be the inventor of critical illness insurance and a cardiac surgeon. They attended public schools and grew up tremendously poor. Louis Washkansky, the patient needed the heart transplant because he had an incurable heart disease causing him to have heart attacks. He was also diabetic. The last of these heart attacks led to congestive heart failure. Congestive heart failure is when the heart can’t pump blood. The doctors used the heart of Denise Darvall who passed away in a car accident.
Christiaan Barnard was son of Adam Hendrikus Barnard who was a minister in the Dutch Reformed Church. His mother was Maria Elisabeth de Swart. His parents did not inspire him it was the lack of information in his area. His contribution in the medical pathway opened up a new doorway for new search. Without his successful surgery to this day we could of still been testing to get it right.Before he left for America in 1953, Barnard and gained recognition for research in gastrointestinal the pathology. Christiaan Barnard had three wives and six children. Christiaan Barnard why an insufficient blood supply to the fetus during pregnancies occur.