Friday, January 30, 2015

Hearts, Flowers, and Friends...


We were able to squeeze in just a few extra's along the way.  The first was a visit to the Groote Schuur Hospital where Dr. Christiaan Barnard performed the first human heart transplant on December 3, 1967.  Since we have a vested interest in keeping hearts healthy we thought this would be interesting and we were not disappointed.  As with most stories, there is so much more to it that you realize.  Did you know….

Dr. Bernard did 57 successful transplants on dogs before he attempted a human.  The museum was an exact duplicate, complete with the original equipment, that was used.  This is a picture of the operating room that they used on the dogs.  The replicas were made from the same company that did Madam Trudeau's Wax Museum.  It seemed eerily real.

53-year-old Lewis Washkansky was the first recipient.  These are all wax models.  

President Wheeler consulting with Dr. Barnard! 

This may be disgusting to some, but these are the actual hearts from the donors and the recipients. 


I think I got my passion for flowers from my mother.  There is just something optimistic about flowers.  We visited the Kirstenbosch National Botanical Gardens.  Acres and acres of pungent, plush, nature.  Just enjoy the view.  The first is the Protea.  South Africa's national flower.  


Last, but not least…friends.  We bid farewell to our dear friends the Blatter's and the Chase's.  We honor their service.  

From left to right:  Sister Chase, Sister Petersen (her husband got called away), me, Paul, President Merrill, Sister Merrill, Elder Halvorsen, Sister Halvorsen, Sister Blatter, Elder Blatter, Elder Chase.  Love these good people!

1 comment:

  1. Hey guess what? Insulin came from mashed up dog pancreas. Yay for dogs! I love all the flowers and the hikes and the friends and the statues and you two! Good stuff!