CHRISTIAAN BARNARD - AUTOGRAPH NOTE SIGNED - HFSID 288465
Sale Price $162.00
Signed on a card in black felt tip
Autograph Note signed: "To Kayo/Best Wishes/Christiaan Barnard", 3x5. Dr. Christiaan Barnard (1922-2001) performed the first successful heart transplant on December 3, 1967, when he led a team of 20 surgeons to replace the heart of Louis Washkansky. Washkansky died 18 days later from damage to his immune system but, Barnard's operations were increasingly successful, with most patients living for several years after their surgeries. In 1974, instead of removing the old heart, he joined the implanted donor heart to the patient's heart to provide a "double pump" for the circulatory system, a technique never before employed on a human. Barnard, who had introduced open-heart surgery to his native South Africa and developed new designs for artificial heart valves earlier in his career, served as head of the cardiac unit of Groote Schuur Hospital until his retirement from surgery in 1983. Lightly toned. Fine condition.
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