Hamilton Naki became a self-taught surgeon of such skill that Dr. Christiaan Barnard chose him to assist in the world's first human heart transplant in 1967.  His contribution was kept secret for three decades because he was a black man in apartheid-era South Africa. He acquired his surgical skills through years of silent observation and covert practice at the university's medical school. His skills were so esteemed that the university quietly looked the other way.

Hamilton Naki became a self-taught surgeon of such skill that Dr. Christiaan Barnard chose him to assist in the world's first human heart transplant in 1967. His contribution was kept secret for three decades because he was a black man in apartheid-era South Africa. He acquired his surgical skills through years of silent observation and covert practice at the university's medical school. His skills were so esteemed that the university quietly looked the other way.

Christiaan Barnard The son of a poor Afrikaner preacher, he became a family physician on the Western Cape of South Africa. In the late 1950s he grew interested in cardiac treatment and in due course became a well respected cardiothoracic surgeon in Cape Town.

Christiaan Barnard The son of a poor Afrikaner preacher, he became a family physician on the Western Cape of South Africa. In the late 1950s he grew interested in cardiac treatment and in due course became a well respected cardiothoracic surgeon in Cape Town.

Christiaan Barnard

Christiaan Barnard

Dr. Christiaan Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplantation. Check out this biography to know about his childhood, family life, achievements and other facts about his life.

Children's pull-out poster for The Times, showing different inventions from around the world. Illustration by Owen Gatley #map

Children's pull-out poster for The Times, showing different inventions from around the world. Illustration by Owen Gatley #map

#TBT in honor of February being National #HeartMonth. Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant in South Africa in 1967.

#TBT in honor of February being National #HeartMonth. Christiaan Barnard carried out the first heart transplant in South Africa in 1967.

Famous doctors: Christiaan Barnard — Brightside

Famous doctors: Christiaan Barnard — Brightside

South Africa 1969 First Heart Transplant Set Fine Used                    SG 280 1 Scott 355 6          Condition Fine Used    Only one post charge

South Africa 1969 First Heart Transplant Set Fine Used

South Africa 1969 First Heart Transplant Set Fine Used SG 280 1 Scott 355 6 Condition Fine Used Only one post charge

Dr Christiaan Barnard (1922 - 2001), South African pioneer of the heart transplant.

Dr Christiaan Barnard (1922 - 2001), South African pioneer of the heart transplant.

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