Italian surgeons discover ‘world’s oldest heart valve’ in woman

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Prosthesis was implanted by the pioneering doctor Christiaan Barnard 50 years ago

Italian doctors have discovered one of the first heart prostheses, implanted almost 50 years ago by Christiaan Barnard, who performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant, during surgery on a 60-year-old woman.

The prosthesis, an artificial mitral valve, is almost 50 years old, according to doctors at San Giovanni di Dio e Ruggi d’Aragona hospital, in Salerno. Upon discovering it, the doctors said there was no record of an older valve having been found.

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