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Our alumnus Elisha Ngetich (cohort 2018-19) co-authored Hamilton Naki's short biography, describing his path from gardener to an essential part of the research group responsible for the first heart transplant.

Hamilton Naki
Image of Hamilton Naki in scrubs

"Hamilton  Naki’s  achievements  are  often overshadowed by the controversy and confusion surrounding his role in the heart transplant performed by Barnard and his team in 1967. While Naki had an essential role in the research  that  led  to  the  successful  transplant,  evidence suggests he had no part in the actual surgery."

Hamilton Naki's full biography is available on the JNDS website

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