This Day in History: First human heart transplant

On this day, 1967, Louis Washkansky, a 53-year-old man, received the very first human heart transplant in South Africa. Washkansky had a chronic heart disease and was dying fast. He received the heart from a 25-year-old woman who passed away in a car accident. After the operation Washkansky was given anti-rejection medications but unfortunately passed away only 18 days later after contractive double pneumonia.

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