From The Economist, via Clarke Ching:
Mr Naki was not meant to touch this body. The young woman, Denise Darvall, was white, and he was black. The rules of the hospital, and indeed the apartheid laws of the land, forbade him to enter a white operating theatre, cut white flesh, or have dealings with white blood…
The chief transplant surgeon, the young, handsome, famously temperamental Christiaan Barnard, had asked to have him on his team.
An inspirational story of an unrecognised surgical pioneer. You can read the full story here.