Dr. Hamilton Naki He was a black laboratory assistant to white cardiac surgeon Christiaan Barnard in South Africa under apartheid, Dr. Hamilton Naki was the second most importat man in the team that performed the first heart transplant in history
Christiaan Barnard-It was on the historical third day of December in the year 1967 when Christiaan Barnard added a new glorious chapter to the pages of medical history with his first human-to-human heart transplant. It was his deep fascination and his sincere personal drive that led him to accomplish this groundbreaking surgery.
Dec 3, 1967: First human heart transplant. 53-year-old Lewis Washkansky receives the first human heart transplant at Groote Schuur Hospital in Cape Town, South Africa. Washkansky, a South African grocer dying from chronic heart disease, received the transplant from Denise Darvall, a 25-year-old woman who was fatally injured in a car accident. Surgeon Christiaan Barnard, who trained at the University of Cape Town and in the United States, performed the revolutionary medical operation.