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Groote Schuur Hospital remains a place of visionary thinking and innovation.

Recently the hospital’s team of cardio thoracic surgeons, surgeons, clinicians and biomedical engineers developed an affordable heart valve, which is a life saving device for rheumatic heart disease, a condition which affects mainly young people in developing countries.

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LOOKING BACK OVER 50 YEARS

SOME OF GROOTE SCHUUR HOSPITAL WORLD FIRSTS

1965 – first rapid warming device for massive blood transfusions developed

1967 – first human heart transplant

1975 – first transplant of a vascularized human fallopian tube

1979 – Cormack awarded the Nobel Prize for his work towards developing the CT scanner

1981 – Wicomb and team develop the first method for storing donor hearts by hypothermic perfusion

1983 – first human liver transplant using the heterotropic technique

1989 – discovery of a technique to locate brain tumours without having to do invasive surgery

2008 – first HIV positive-to-positive kidney transplant

2015 – first combined ultrasound and mammography device tested

2017 – first brain operation performed through the eye