Heart of Cape Town museum, Cape Town

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Heart of Cape Town museum, Cape Town

"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).

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

The 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 a 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.


Heart of Cape Town museum

Groote Schuur Hospital
Cape Town

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phone: 021 4041967
fax: 021 4041967