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Heart of Cape Town Museum

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Main Rd Groote Schuur Hospital Observatory, Cape Town 7925

On December 3 1967 the world's first human to human heart transplant was performed at the renowned Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

 

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ONE OF THE GREATEST MOMENTS IN MEDICAL HISTORY

The drama of the world’s first human heart transplant, led by Professor Christiaan Neethling Barnard, played out within the walls of the Charles Saint Theatre, at Groote Schuur Hospital on the 3rd December 1967.

The human heart transplant, one of the greatest moments in medical history, was made possible by an extraordinary interplay of scientific dedication; human courage and generosity and a timely chain of events.

Today, The Heart of Cape Town Museum honours all those who played a major role in the surgical feat that pushed the boundaries of science, into the dawn of a new medical era, an era in which it became possible to transplant the symbol of the essence of life, our human heart.

“It is the crowning effort of a team of men and women who bring at that moment, the training of a lifetime. Structured with the inherited technique and skill of a millennium - all are fused to one objective: to replace a dying heart with a new one, to save one life.”

Christiaan Neethling Barnard, 1922-2001

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7 days a week 09:00,11:00,13:00,15:00

Specially pre-arranged tours are available for 17:00

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Main Rd, 7925 Observatory, Western Cape, South Africa

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