Home > Medical > Heart Health > Heart transplants Heart transplants All sections in Heart » About Heart » Children & Heart Disease » Congenital Heart Disease » Emergency Treatment » FAQs » Diet and your Heart » Health Tips » Heart and Exercise » Heart Attack » Heart Transplants » After a Heart Attack » Multimedia » Heart News » Obesity » Smoking & your Heart » Stress & your Heart » Tests & Procedures » The Heart in Space » Treatment » Women & Heart Disease Save 7 lives Every year fewer transplants are performed in South Africa – while the demand for organs gets bigger every day. A history of transplants From ancient myths to a world-first in Cape Town, Cybershrink gives his take on the story of heart transplants. 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. Ask Cardiologist » Quiz Is your diet heart-healthy? » Quiz Could I have high cholesterol? » Subscribe Newsletters » Simple tips on keeping a healthy heart 7 steps to a healthier heart 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. Chris Barnard: profile of a pioneer Chris Barnard amazed the world when he did the first human heart transplant, and then continued to overwhelm with his smile and charm. Health24's Mari Hudson reflects on his life. 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. load more articles advertisement From our sponsors Cardiovascular risk factors Take care of your teeth. Anytime. Anywhere. Like us on facebook!