Afrikaans, EnglishShow more Perhaps an interpretation of Afrikaans abba (see abba), to carry ‘piggyback’, in the combination abbahart piggy-back heart; or the Afrikaans may be derived from the English: see first quotation.
Of or pertaining to a surgical procedure in which a donor heart is implanted as a support or ancillary to the patient’s heart (which is not removed).
First performed at Groote Schuur hospital, Cape Town, in 1977.
1978Argus 19 Apr.The word abba...has an interesting rebirth in the recent use of the term ‘abbahart’ in Afrikaans for the piggy-back heart operation.
1979Daily Dispatch 5 Apr. 3Professor Barnard used a baboon’s heart for the first time in a ‘piggy-back’ operation..in June 1977 as a last resort to save her life.
1979E. Prov. Herald 19 June 3Mr S— K—..has died..a little over two years after receiving a second heart in a ‘piggy-back’ operation...He died last Thursday when both hearts stopped beating.
1980S. Afr. Digest 14 Mar. 1The 14-year-old schoolboy..became the youngest person in South Africa to receive a new heart in a ‘piggyback’ transplant in January.
1981S. Afr. Digest 9 Oct. 5The ‘piggy-back’ or twin technique pioneered by Professor Chris Barnard.
1985C. Groenewald inS. Afr. Panorama Aug. 37Chris Barnard performed his first piggyback heart transplant after a friend’s son died on the operating table because the transplanted heart refused to do its work...Such a piggy-back heart transplant enables the patient to retain his own heart and to use the donor’s heart as an aid.
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