Heart Health

Heart transplants

Save 7 lives

Every year fewer transplants are performed in South Africa – while the demand for organs gets bigger every day.

Transplant immunology

Allogeneic organ transplantation is the removal of a whole or partial organ from one person (the donor) to another (the recipient) in order to fix or replace a damaged or failing organ such as a liver, heart, lung, or pancreas.

A doctor remembers

It's 42 years since the first heart transplant. An exclusive interview with the team's neurosurgeon who declared the donor brain-dead.

FAQ about organ donation in SA

How you can make sure that someday you become a lifesaver, an organ donor, leaving the wonderful legacy of life for others?

Heart transplant: what to expect

Patients who are eligible for a heart transplant are placed on a waiting list for a donor heart. Wait times vary from days to several months.

A history of transplants

From ancient myths to a world-first in Cape Town, Cybershrink gives his take on the story of heart transplants.

When are you dead?

A beating heart and breathing are synonymous with life. In the case of a brain injury, death may in fact occur hours before the heart stops beating.

Organ transplant statistics

The latest figures from the Organ Donor Foundation show that there are currently over 3 500 South Africans waiting for organ and tissue transplants.

Get CyberShrink's take

The Beautiful Heart is a South African documentary series that focuses on heart-transplant operations performed by Dr Susan Vosloo at the Chris Barnard Memorial Hospital.

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