Artist: Savannah Vinson
School: Heard Elementary, Dothan
"Dr. James Hardy, first heart/lung transplant, June 11, 1963"
1963 June 11: Dr. James Hardy, a native of Shelby County, Alabama, and chief of surgery at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, performs the world's first human lung transplant. The patient lived for three weeks before dying of chronic kidney disease. The next year Hardy transplanted a chimpanzee's heart into another patient, marking the first transplant of a heart into a human.
Created: October 11, 2007
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