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Heart transplants became a reality 50 years ago
12/6/2017
Barnard, circa 1970
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It's been just more than 50 years since South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the first heart transplant, paving the way for nearly 70,000 more. Today's five-year survival rate for heart-transplant patients is edging toward 80%.

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