Belarusian surgeons plan to perform a heart transplantation operation till the end of the year, which will be the first such case in the country, Professor Viacheslav Yanushko of Cardiology Centre told Interfax-West.
At the moment, there two groups of Belarusian surgeons doing apprenticeship courses in Berlin and Prague, he said.
The professor believes the success of the venture much depends on the availability of the right donor and well-planned media coverage.
The medic also stressed the point that the people of Belarus would require some psychological preparation for the moral aspect of such surgeries as heart transplantation.
“The heart will be taken from a donor, who is physically alive, but whose brain is already dead,” he said. “The relatives of a person like that should be psychologically ready to give up the heart of their relative for transplantation purposes,” the professor said.