Cape Town - When pioneering heart surgeon and anti-apartheid campaigner Marius Barnard took his last breath on Friday, he did so having fulfilled his biggest goal – bettering the lives of ordinary people.
Barnard, 87, who helped his more famous brother Christiaan perform the world’s first human heart transplant in Cape Town in 1967, died in Hermanus on Friday after battling prostate cancer for 17 years.
Speaking about his father’s long career and achievements, his son Adam said: “He fulfilled his dying wish of helping the common man.”
While sad, Adam Barnard said the family was at the same time relieved, since Barnard’s condition had deteriorated and he was in pain.
“He kept himself alive far longer than he should have… The little bugger didn’t want to die,” Adam said.