At the airport yesterday I saw a new book on Professor Chris Barnard. It’s fifty years since the world’s first heart transplant and the famous surgeon and playboy is in the news again.
A while ago I had found Aitch’s 1983 diary and one of her entries in December was ’17h00 Wed 14 Dec Farewell for CNB, Nurses Lounge, Clarendon House’. I knew that CNB meant Christiaan Neethling Barnard as she worked with him at the time and there many prior entries referring to the operations she had done with him as his cardiovascular perfusionist. She would run the heart-lung machine to oxygenate the blood while he and the other surgeons worked on the patient’s heart. (I’ll put example of an op entry here)
I had time before my flight so I thought I wonder if they have anything about his retirement in the book? and flipped through it.
And there she was on page 217:
So I had to buy it to show the pic to Jess and Tom. Jess said “Cool”; Tom shrugged: “We knew Mom was famous!”