Heart transplant - pioneered in Groote Schuur, South Africa - the Awesome World of Things

Dr Chris Barnard performed the first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur hospital in Cape Town South Africa. Barnard persisted with cardiac transplantation even though many other surgeons gave it up. The advent of ciclosporin, an immunosuppressant drug which reduces the activity of the immune system, and therefore the risk of organ rejection, was largely responsible for improving the results and the ability to do a successful of heart transplant.

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