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Overview (3)

Date of Birth 8 November 1922Beauford West, South Africa
Date of Death 2 September 2001Coral Bay, Cyprus  (asthma attack)
Birth NameChristiaan Neethling Barnard

Mini Bio (1)

Christiaan Bernard was born on November 8, 1922 in Beauford West, South Africa as Christiaan Neethling Barnard. He was married to Karin Setzkorn, Barbara Maria Zoellner and Aletta Gertruida Louw. He died on September 2, 2001 in Coral Bay, Cyprus.

Spouse (3)

Karin Setzkorn (1988 - 2000) (divorced) (2 children)
Barbara Maria Zoellner (1970 - 1982) (divorced) (2 children)
Aletta Gertruida Louw (1948 - 1969) (divorced) (2 children)

Trivia (1)

A South African heart surgeon who performed the world's first heart transplant. In 1967 Barnard headed a 30-person surgical team that transplanted the heart of a young girl who had died in an auto accident into a diabetic 55-year-old man whose heart was failing and who was near death. The patient lived just 18 days after the operation, but his next heart transplant resulted in the patient living for another 1-1/2 years. Over the years he performed more than 75 transplant operations altogether.

Personal Quotes (1)

[just before his death] At almost 79, people ask me, "Where do you go from here?" I say to them, "I'm on the waiting list. I don't know exactly where I am on that list or where I'm going, but I'm on it."

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