50 Years of Heart Transplants

On the 3rd of December 1967, Professor Chris Barnard did the seemingly impossible – successfully performing the world’s first heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town and in the process, placed the South African medical fraternity on the global map.  Since that day, thousands of people have received the gift of a new heart. Fifty years on, Carte Blanche celebrates this seminal moment in medical history.

Producer: Diana Lucas

Presenter: John Webb