On January 4th 1969

Professor Jan Moll was the first

to attempt a heart transplant

in Poland

The patient died

on the operating table

POLISH ATTEMPT HEART TRANSPLAN Prof. Moll was not prepared.

He decided to operate without

the necessary knowledge

to have success.

A Lukasz Palkowski film


Prof. Moll, did you realize

that a procedure

on, such a vital organ as, the heart

may alter the recipient's personality?

Maybe it was a risky choice.

but the only one which

gave the patient a chance to survive.

- but leaving no chance for the donor...

- He was pronounced brain dead!

The Poles are jelous even

of one others failures.

Based on a true story

Warsaw, 1983

35 minutes. Too long.


- Religa.

- What do we have?

- 42, chest pain,

cold extremities.

pulse 115, pressure...

- Let me osculate.

- Blood pressure 72/40.

ECG with infarction signs.

Acute systolic murmur.

We're operating! Prepare the OR.

and call the perfusionist.

Let's go.

- The old man will have your balls.

- Have you seen his coronarography?

- We have to open him up.

- maybe we should take him in for observation?

Pulse is accelerating,

the pressure's barely holding.

- Krysia, call the old man.

Krysia. Krysia! Someone has to finish after me

in the pathology.

Zbyszek. What the f*ck are we doing?

He doesn't stand a chance.

Turn that beeper up!

Using the pump?

- Where is the perfusionist?

- He's changing. - Time.

- Where've you been?

- In the middle of the night? At home!

- What's this?

- Acute mitral regurgitation.

- Probably.

- And the boss?

Krysia's trying to reach him.

We can either try to help

or wait till he dies.

I'll need a vein and a valve!

The valves are locked.

We can start the briefing.

Where is Dr. Religa?

The report from the night shift...

At 11.15 pm a patient brought in

with a myocardial infarction,

- a distinct murmur at the heart apex.

- A valve.

He didn't operate. did he?

The professor wants to see you.

So he sends coffee?

- Check his hourly diuresis.

- Why did you

decide to operate on your own?

I was on duty.

My dear colleague...

- In my clinic...

- He would have died.

- Don't interrupt!

- We couldn't reach you.

You've broken all the rules.

Without my consent, in ECC.

not to mention the break-in.

- I had to operate.

- Thank you.

So far. the patient is stable.

Go home and rest.

Someone will fill in for you.

What's up, Zbyszek? How was it?

- Ewa, what are you doing here?

- You lost your steloscope again.

It's called a stethoscope.

Tell me...

what would I do without you?

Don't smoke. you'll lose stamina.

Doctor, don't make passes

at our patient.

- Go to sleep.

- Hang on there.

- Walking or riding?

- Riding.

Hold on.

I've never heard anyone in Poland

share their professional insights.

- Jan Moll.

- Zbigniew Religa.

Our guest here, assisted his brother

during the first heart transplant in the World.

A year later, I did it here.

They made history...

And you almost got crucified!

- Have you been in the U.S. for long?

- In total...

- two years.

- It may be more difficult for you here.

- Were you bored?

- Only at the end.

Remember how many times the DA

asked us to open skulls

in order to certify death.

and a few days later

the patient would go home?

- Were those miracles?

- Surgeons don't wait for miracles.

We have no right to experiments

which. if unsuccessful.

could take even a week of life away.

Could you cope with that?

Let's go get a drink.

No one else wants to go

to that shithole?

Will you get

your own clinic in Warsaw?

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