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.
South Africa 1969 First Heart Transplant Set Fine Used
FIRST HEART TRANSPLANT On May 31st in 1968, Canadian Albert Murphy became the recipient of Canada’s first heart transplant. The four-hour operation was performed by Dr. Pierre Grondin at the Montreal Heart Institute. The 59-year-old retired butcher had been suffering from a degenerative heart disease for 15 years and bravely received the heart of a 38-year-old mother who had passed away from a brain haemorrhage.