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MIAMI, Fla. /Florida Newswire/ -- December 3, 2017 marks the 50th anniversary of the world's first human-to-human heart transplant, notes Mark Oristano, author of "Surgeons' Story" (ISBN: 978-1935953784). South African physician Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the surgery which astonished the world in Capetown. The patient, 54-year old Louis Washkansky, lived with another person's heart pumping his blood for 18 days.