This is a photo of James Satanfield of 1987 where the famous Polish cardiac Dr. Zbingiev Religa, after a difficult surgery of transplantation of a heart that lasted 23 hours, continues to follow the patient situation on a monitor while his assistant collapsed from fatigue in the corner of the hall.
It was a Photography of the Year of National Geographic, and the moment that it is perpetuated on it is historical – it was the first successful heart transplant in Poland. The operation was performed more than 25 years ago, and the patient from photography is old age thanks to his doctor who donated him “new life.”
Tadeusz Zutkivish says: He saved my life when other doctors said that nothing could be done. I was 61years old and other doctors thought I was too old. Legendary doctor, unlike the patient, did not live too long to be a witness of the 25th anniversary of the transplantation – The doctor died in 2009 after a two-year battle with lung cancer at the age of 71 years.