Philip Blaiberg Biography
Philip Blaiberg was a South Africa dentist and the third person to receive a heart transplant. On 2 January 1968, in Cape Town, Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the third heart transplant in the world on the 59 year old Blaiberg. Blaiberg survived the operation, and continued with his life for 19 months and 15 days before dying from heart complications on 17 August 1969.
The success of Blaiberg's heart transplant spiraled the progress made in regard to heart transplantation.