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Barnard, Christiaan Neethling

Born: 1922 AD
Died: 2001 AD
Nationality: South African
Categories: Surgeon

1922 – Christiaan Neethling Barnard was born 8th of November in Beaufort West, South Africa.

1953 – Barnard then went on to the University of Cape Town, where he received a master’s degree.

1955 – He enrolled at the University of Minnesota Medical School.

1957 – He received his Ph.D. (doctorate degree) and returned to his native country to embark upon a career as a cardiothoracic (heart) surgeon.

1967 – The South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the world’s first human heart transplant operation.

1967 – He encountered Louis Washkansky, a fifty-four-year-old patient who suffered from extensive coronary

artery disease (the arteries around the heart) and who agreed to undergo a heart transplant operation.

1968 – Barnard was praised around the world for his surgical feat.

         – Barnard replaced the diseased heart of Philip Blaiberg.  

1974 – He performed the first double-heart transplant.

2001 – Barnard died on 2nd of September while on vacation in Paphos, Cyprus.

He received Dag Hammarskjold International Prize and Peace Prize.

Awarded by Kennedy Foundation Award.

Milan International Prize awarded him for Science.