World's first heart transplant

26 Apr 2017
26 Apr 2017



These are some of the documents relating to the world's first heart transplant, by Dr. Christiaan Barnard at Groote Schuur hospital, in Cape Town, in 1967. These documents are housed in UCT's Manuscripts and Archives department and the Heart of Cape Town museum.



Letter written to Chris Barnard by American school children after he performed the first heart transplant.



Daily report book for Dorothy Fischer, heart transplant patient at Groote Schuur Hospital. Folder no 331-835. 11 June – 21 December 1971 (Transplant Museum, Groote Schuur).



First entry in the daily report of Mr Washkansky, first heart transplant patient, Groote Schuur Hospital. 3.12 – 21.12.1967 (Transplant Museum)