South African surgeon breaks transplant ban

BMJ 1995; 311 doi: (Published 29 July 1995) Cite this as: BMJ 1995;311:280

A row has broken out in South Africa among doctors, government representatives, and the public over the place of heart transplant operations in the new health system that the government plans to set up. Dr Fanus Serfontein, a Pretoria heart surgeon, decided last week to break a provincial moratorium on all transplant operations—agreed to by hospitals, medical schools, and planners while adequate costing figures were sought.

Dr Serfontein, who has performed several heart transplant operations at Pretoria's H F Verwoerd Hospital, telephoned the Gauteng province's superintendent-general, Dr Ralph Mgijima, late …

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