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First Hungarian Heart-Transplant Patient Dies at 56

Fanni Kaszás 2019.11.25.

Sándor Schwartz, the first Hungarian to receive a heart transplant, has died at the age of 56, according to the Facebook post of Károly Kós Elementary School in Kispest, where he worked as a school janitor.

Sándor Schwartz’s heart transplant was performed on January 3, 1992 at the Budapest Vascular and Cardiac Surgery Clinic. A group of doctors, led by Professor Zoltán Szabó, transplanted the heart of a 24-year-old male into then 28-year-old Schwartz, who had suffered from a congenital heart disorder and had been bedridden for months.

At a celebration of the 20th anniversary of the operation, he said if he was looking at his life from the view of his family and children, he would say he was happy.

Schwartz said he wanted to travel, but because of his illness, he couldn’t be a truck driver, which was his dream. “When I was taken to the hospital in Sopron, it was a trip for me -in an ambulance, that’s what I got. And for the last twenty years, I haven’t really been on vacation,” he added.

According to the Kispest edition of ittlakunk.hu, Schwartz lived a full life, worked as a school janitor, and raised four children with his wife.