On Dr. Victor Chang's 87th birthday, Google commemorates the visionary Chinese-Australian heart surgeon with a heartfelt Google Doodle.
Pioneer in Cardiac Medicine:
Dr. Chang significantly influenced the landscape of cardiac surgery, particularly in heart transplantation and artificial heart valve development.
His innovative spirit led to the development of an artificial heart valve, establishing him as a trailblazer in early heart transplantation.
Youngest Heart Transplant Recipient:
In 1984, Dr. Chang and his team successfully performed a heart transplant on a 14-year-old girl, making her the youngest heart transplant recipient in Australia.
Establishment of Heart Transplant Department:
Following the groundbreaking surgery, he founded a dedicated heart transplant department at St Vincent's Hospital in Sydney in the same year.
Honors and Accolades:
Dr. Chang received Australia's highest honor, the Companion of the Order of Australia, in 1986, recognizing his exceptional contributions to cardiac medicine.
Tragic End and Legal Action:
His illustrious journey was tragically cut short in 1991 when he became an unintended victim of a brutal crime, prompting swift legal action against the assailants.
To honor Dr. Chang's legacy, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute and the Victor Chang Foundation were established, continuing his mission in cardiovascular research and advancing cardiac surgery training and innovation.