DEAD: ON THIS DATE
Louis Washkansky (aged 54)
-Recipient of the first human heart transplant
Louis Washkansky (1913 – 21 December 1967) was a South African man who was the recipient of the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant, and the first patient to regain consciousness following the operation. Washkansky lived for 18 days and was able to speak with his wife and reporters.
Washkansky was actually the second human recipient of a heart transplant overall, in that James Hardy had done a transplant in 1964 in which Boyd Rush received a chimpanzee’s heart, although the patient in that case only survived an hour and did not regain consciousness.