The Tragic Story of a Heart Doctor Who Appeared on Google Doodle Lifestyle – 2 hours ago


Jakarta, CNBC Indonesia – Dr. Victor Chang was chosen as the character featured by Google Doodle on Tuesday (21/11/2023). This date was chosen to commemorate his birth date, namely November 21.

Launching from EuroNews, Dr. Victor Chang, who was born in China, 21 November 1936, is a renowned heart surgeon in Australia. He is famous for performing a heart transplant on a 14 year old child and saving hundreds of lives.

In the early 1950s, Dr. Chang and his extended family moved to Australia. Before returning to St. Vincent in Sydney, Australia, Dr. Chang had time to continue his studies in the United States (US) and England.


In Sydney, Dr. Chang served with the doctors who performed Australia’s first heart transplant in 1968. In 1984, he performed Australia’s first successful heart transplant.

Still in the same year, Dr. Chang again performed a heart transplant on a 14 year old patient, Fiona Coote. Thanks to Dr. Chang, Coote managed to become Australia’s longest-surviving heart transplant recipient.

Apart from being an expert in transplantation, Dr. Chang is also famous for successfully developing an artificial heart valve that can be used in surgery.

In 1986, Dr. Chang was awarded Australia’s highest honour. The award was given “in recognition of service to international relations between Australia and China and to medical science.”

However, Chang was killed at the age of 55 in 1991 due to a gunshot to the head in an extortion incident in Sydney. Three years later, aka in 1994, the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute was inspired by the name of Dr. Chang was founded in New South Wales, Australia.

Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute revealed that one of the reasons Dr. Chang decided to enter the world of medicine following the death of his biological mother in 1948 due to breast cancer.

Launching from the official page of the Victor Chang Cardiac Research Institute, one of Dr. Chang is developing an artificial heart valve for St Vincent’s Hospital at an affordable price so that it can be accessed and used in life-saving procedures worldwide.

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