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24 February - Victor Chang, gives many second chance in life

Unread postby Max ADU » Sat Feb 23, 2013 11:30 pm

Today in Australian History
Friday, February 24, 1984.


Australia's first completely successful heart transplant operation is performed, under the direction of Dr Victor Chang.

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The twentieth century saw amazing advances in medical technology. The world's first heart transplant was performed in South Africa in 1967, by Christiaan Barnard. The patient lived for 18 days after the procedure before dying of pneumonia.

First Australian heart transplant
In Australia, the first heart transplant occurred under the direction of Dr Harry Windsor. The patient died within just a few days after his body rejected the new organ.

The era of successful heart transplants in Australia can be attributed largely to the influence of Dr Victor Chang.

The first successful transplant under the programme was performed on a 39 year old shearer from Armidale on 24 February 1984, who survived several months longer than he would have otherwise.

Chang' breakthrough
Arguably, Chang's best-known success was when he operated on Fiona Coote, a 14-year-old schoolgirl, on 7-8 April 1984.

Chang developed an
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artificial heart valve and also worked on designing an artificial heart.

Victor Chang was murdered (shot twice in the head) in a Mosman street (a suburb of Sydney, New South Wales on 4 July 1991, after an extortion attempt on his family.

The murder was related to transplant waiting lists.

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