South African Dr Christiaan Barnard Made worlds 1st Heart transplant

Christiaan Barnard was born 8th of November 1922 in the Northern Cape part of the Karoo in a small town known as Beaufort West. Christiaan had 3 Siblings where 2 tragically died one was his brother and his sister was a stillborn. This resulted In Christiaan`s mother Maria to be very strict with their children threatening them with a whip if they were to underperform in their school studies.

Barnard Went to Beaufort West High School where he matriculated and then decided to go to the University of Cape Town Medical School where later in 1945 received his Degree in medicine as well as a certification as a cardiac surgeon. After receiving his qualifications, he served as a practitioner in a farming village. In 1952 he returned to Cape Town receiving his Master of Medicine and Doctor of Medicine.

The operation that made Christiaan Barnard most Famous among medical practitioners was that he was the first to have successfully transplant a heart. Doctors only tried transplant operation on animals but was hesitant to try it on humans. Dr Barnard had convinced a 54-year-old grocer to undergo a heart transplant from a brain-dead woman. He also paved the way of many other transplants to be possible by other surgeons.

Other than being a renowned surgeon Christiaan was a prolific writer, His first book Christiaan Barnard One Life posted in 1969 and his 2nd book posted in 1993. He has written many other novels and collaborated with other doctors writing about medicines and procedures.

In 2001 Christiaan Barnard went on holiday in Paphos, Cyprus he went for a swim on September the 2nd during the swim he had a fatal asthma attack tragically dying from it. If you are interested in having an awesome tour to South Africa you can visit heart of Cape Town to learn all of Christiaan Barnard Journey.

Published in Adventure Holidays
Wednesday, 15 August 2018 15:22

Emirates Airline Park

In 1928 Ellis park was constructed in Johannesburg and named after Mr J.D Ellis whom made the land available for the stadium. Today it is known as Emirates Airline Park. The stadium is home to one of South Africa most successful Rugby franchises the highveld Lions.

The momentous stadium is well known for its historical world cup final victorious by the springboks against the ferocious All blacks Joel Stransky clinched the match with a nail biter drop goal securing the win 15-12 for the newly united South Africa this was one of the important steps for the country to move forward from a racial discriminating past.

It was the country’s first democratically president that presented the Web Ellis cup to Francois Pienaar the captain of the Springboks to the united South Africa. Later, the historical story was created and filmed in a movie called Invictus by Hollywood director Clint Eastwood starring Morgan Freeman and Matt Damon.

The stadium is also used for business conferences where visitors can decide between executive banquets or executive suites. Tourists can also go on a tour threw the Emirates airline park where you can tour the stadium to see the history of the stadium as well as antique rugby memorabilia from Springboks and Lions that is more than 100 years old you will also see the change rooms of the players.

The stadium was not used only for Rugby, but it was transformed to host matches for the 2010 FIFA soccer world cup hosting numerous matches for the athletes and fans. the venue also accommodates for disabled people and has the capacity to host more than 50000 people. Emirates Airline park is also just 30km away from the stadium you are also in close vicinity of the local super markets biltong shops as well as exquisite restaurants.

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