Heart Health

Heart transplants

Learn more about heart transplant surgery, organ donation and organ transplants with medical information and advice as well as historical facts and current methodologies.

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.

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.

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