Christiaan Barnard (Doctor) – Bio, Birthday, Family, Age & Born
Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Neethling Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first highly publicised heart transplant and the first one in which the patient regained consciousness. On 3 December 1967, Barnard transplanted the heart of accident-victim Denise Darvall into the chest of 54-year-old Louis Washkansky, with Washkansky regaining full consciousness and being able to easily talk with his wife, before dying 18 days later of pneumonia. The anti-rejection drugs that suppressed his immune system were a major contributing factor. Barnard had told Mr. and Mrs. Washkansky that the operation had an 80% chance of success, a claim which has been criticised as misleading. Barnard’s second transplant patient Philip Blaiberg, whose operation was performed at the beginning of 1968, lived for a year and a half and was able to go home from the hospital. Born in Beaufort West, Cape Province, Barnard studied medicine and practised for several years in his native South Africa.

Born: Christiaan Neethling Barnard, November 08, 1922, Beaufort West, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
Died: September 02, 2001, Paphos, Cyprus
Education: University of Cape Town, University of Minnesota
Years active: 1950–2001
Known for: first successful human-to-human heart transplant
Relatives: Marius Barnard
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About Christiaan Barnard

Famous cardiac surgeon who progressed the entire field of medicine with his surgeries.

Before Fame

In 1945, he graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School.


He completed the first successful human-to-human heart transplant in 1953.

Family Life

He married Aletta Geertuida Louq in 1948. The couple had a child two years later.


Another famous cardiac surgeon was Michael Elias DeBakey.

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