Christiaan Neethling Barnard was a South African cardiac surgeon who performed the world’s first human-to-human heart transplant operation.
Barnard subsequently introduced the operation of heterotopic heart transplantation in which the donor’s heart acted as an auxiliary pump, with some advantages in that early era. It took great courage to carry out the first heart transplant, and this is why Barnard is remembered as a pioneer in cardiac surgery.
BORN: 8 November 1922
HOME TOWN: Beaufort West, Cape Province, Union of South Africa
PARENT: Adam Barnard (Father) Maria Elisabeth de Swart (Mother)
SPOUSE: Karin Setzkorn (m. 1988 – 2000), Barbara Zoellner (m. 1970 – 1982), Aletta Gertruida Louw (m. 1948 – 1969)
DIED: 2 September 2001 (aged 78)
PLACE OF DEATH: Paphos, Cyprus
RELATIVES: Marius Barnard
CHILDREN: Lara Barnard, Armin Barnard, Deirdre Barnard, Frederick Barnard, Andre Barnard, Christiaan Barnard Jr.
OCCUPATION: Cardiac surgeon, Writer
AWARDS: Dag Hammarskjold International Prize and Peace Prize, The Kennedy Foundation Award, and the Milan International Prize for Science…
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