1968 Photo Contest, General News, 3rd prize

Max Scheler


01 February, 1968

Dr. Christiaan Barnard checks on his patient, Philip Blaiberg, after his successful heart transplant in Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town.

Blaiberg was the third person to receive a heart transplant, the first open heart transplant was also conducted by Barnard. The 58-year-old dentist received his new heart on 2 January 1968 from Clive Haupt, a 24-year-old textile worker who had died from a stroke on a Cape Town beach the day before. Blaiberg's transplant gained additional media attention because the donor was a black South African. Blaiberg returned home after two months in hospital. He died on 17 August 1969 from heart complications.

About the photographer

Max Scheler

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Focal length
35 mm

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