Christiaan Neethling Barnard, the South African surgeon who performed the first human heart transplant in 1967, died in Cyprus on the 2nd of September 2001. His ashes were buried in front of his parents' home in Beaufort West, his birthplace and hometown in South Africa. The inscription on his gravestone states in simple Afrikaans and English words the very last will of the medical pioneer: "Ek het teruggekom huistoe; I came back home".
Christiaan Barnard's tomb
- Photo courtesy of the Heart of Cape Town Museum (February 2012)
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