Here is cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard's account of his conversation with Louis Washkansky just before he performed on him the first human heart transplant, in 1967:
"'We know you have a heart disease for which we can do nothing more. You have had all possible treatment, and you are getting no better. We can put a normal heart into you, after taking out your heart that's no longer any good, and there's a chance you can get back to normal life again.'
"'So they told me. So I'm ready to go ahead.'
"Washkansky said no more. His eyes remained on me but with no indication he wanted to know anything more.
"'Well, then ... goodbye,' I said.
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