My heartfelt thanks to a fascinating person I did not know contest
Was in1967 that this wonderful man
Performed an operation that no one else can.
Because of this man my heart can be healed
My undying gratitude is surely signed and sealed.
His work has helped hundreds of sufferers
To lead a near normal life of many years.
To this man I raise my glass, been thinking very hard
How do you say thank you, to Dr Christian Barnard.
Your expertise has been shown and taught in distant parts
Now surgeons have the knowledge to mend such broken hearts .
When he retired from this work his planned to end his days
Living in Austria to wind down, relax and golf to play
Whilst on holiday in Paphos after he had retired
Died at the poolside of a heart attack, a good life expired.
Dedicated to Dr Christian Barnard, the man whom in South Africa carried out the first human to human heart transplant..