Chris Barnard: Hero of heart transplants

Christiaan Neethling Barnard was the son of a Beaufort West mission preacher. He rocketed to world fame on December 3, 1967, when he transplanted the world’s first human heart. On that historic day his brother, Marius, was a member of the transplant team. Marius rose from the same humble beginnings to become a highly respected doctor and esteemed politician.