The heart is one of the most important organs in the human body, and nobody can survive without one. However, it is possible to survive without your own heart, long as you receive a functional one to replace it.
On December 3, 1967, Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first successful human-to-human heart transplant on 53-year old Lewis Washkansky, a South African grocer dying of heart disease. Although Washkansky died 18 days later from pneumonia, his new heart functioned normally until his death, foreshadowing innovation within this lifesaving procedure.
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