The first Heart Transplant was carried out in South
Africa in 1967 by South African surgeon Christian Barnard, he performed the
ground breaking operation on 53 year old Lewis Washkansky.
The operation was a success though the medication given
to Mr Washkansky, which was given to stop his body from attacking the
transplanted organ also effected his bodies abuilty to fight off other
infections and as a result Mr Washkansky died eighteen days after the operation
with double pneumonia.