Zbigniew Religa – National Geografic 1987



The picture shows Zbigniew Religa, famous Polish cardiac surgeon. In 1985 he performed first heart transplantation in Poland, learning from foreigner books(!).

In 1987 James Stanfield’s photo of Zbigniew Religa was proclaimed a photo of the year in National Geographic.

Zbigniew Religa keep watch on a monitor tracking the vital signs of a heart transplant patient. An exhausted college who helped Zbigniew Religa perform two transplants in one all night session sleeps in the corner.

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