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 was 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 Australia. 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 Ann Simmons. They had three children: Vanessa, Matthew and Marcus.[1]

Chang was murdered on 4 July 1991 in Sydney, New South Wales. He was 54. He was shot in the head twice when he refused to give his money to 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 with the men, Chang was shot dead by Liew. The men both later received jail time.[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. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. Harris, Margaret. "Chang, Victor Peter (1936–1991)". Australian Dictionary of Biography. Retrieved 23 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. Bezzina, Charlie (17 October 2012). "Dr Victor Chang's murderer Chiew Seng Liew is released and sent back to Malaysia as a free man after 21 years". Herald Sun. Retrieved 23 August 2014. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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