Victor Chang

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Statue of Victor Chang in Sydney

Victor Peter Chang AC (born Chang Yam Him; 21 November 1936 – 4 July 1991) was an Australian heart surgeon. He has been called a pioneer of modern heart transplantation. He also helped with the development of an artificial heart valve. He worked at St Vincent's Hospital with his team who had high success rates of heart transplants.

Chang was born in Shanghai to Australian-born Chinese parents. He first grew up in Hong Kong before moving to Sydney, New South Wales, in 1951. He studied and trained at the University of Sydney as well as in the United Kingdom and the United States. He was made a Companion of the Order of Australia in 1986. He was married to English-born Ann Simmons. The couple had three children.[1]

Chang was murdered on 4 July 1991 in Mosman, Sydney. He was 54. He was shot in the head twice for turning down the efforts of extortion by two men. The men, Malaysians Chew Seng "Ah Sung" Liew and Choon Tee "Phillip" Lim, first ran their vehicle into Chang's car, making him pull over. After arguing, Chang was shot dead by Liew. The men both later spent time in jail.[2][3]

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  1. McDougall, Bruce (1 March 2014). "Heart surgeon Dr Victor Chan's legacy is still beating". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 23 August 2014.
  2. Coleman, Maxwell J. (2014). "Chang, Victor Peter (1936–1991)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Australian National University. Retrieved 1 June 2021.
  3. Bezzina, Charlie (16 October 2012). "Dr Victor Chang's murderer Chiew Seng Liew is released and sent back to Malaysia as a free man after 21 years". The West Australian. Retrieved 1 June 2021.

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