Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard -- South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world's first successful human-to-human heart transplant in His innovative procedure has led to more than lives saved by transplant surgeries.
Heart transplant in process! This doctor holds in his hands a diseased heart which had just been removed from a patient during a heart transplant operation. Cardiopulmonary (or heart-lung) bypass machine temporarily takes over the function of the heart and lungs during surgery, maintaining the circulation of blood and the oxygen content of the body. This patient is one step closer to get his new heart!
This image provides a rare look into a pediatric heart transplant procedure. The recipient in this case is a 13 month-old patient with congenital heart disease (CHD). My heart was smaller than this when i had my surgery.