Louis Washkansky, Date of Birth, Place of Birth, Date of Death


Louis Washkansky

Recipient of the first human heart transplant

Date of Birth: 01-Jan-1913

Place of Birth: Kaunas, Kaunas County

Date of Death: 21-Dec-1967

Profession: physician

Nationality: Poland

Zodiac Sign: Capricorn

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About Louis Washkansky

  • Louis Washkansky (1913 – 21 December 1967) was a South African man who was the recipient of the world's first human-to-human heart transplant, and the first patient to regain consciousness following the operation.
  • Washkansky lived for 18 days and was able to speak with his wife and reporters.Washkansky was actually the second human recipient of a heart transplant overall, in that James Hardy had done a transplant in 1964 in which Boyd Rush received a chimpanzee's heart, although the patient in that case only survived an hour and did not regain consciousness.

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