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