Not only for those who do recall the drama of Prof. Chris Barnard's first human to human heart transplant, but even for those with an interest in medicine, this place is fascinating, well done .... maybe even a little creepy .... but I mean that in the nicest way!
We (a group of six) first visited the museum shortly after it had just opened in 2008, not knowing what to expect, but we were hooked from the moment we entered the hospital museum's doors. It left an incredible impression on all of us and we felt privileged to be standing where medical history was made. On a recent visit to Cape Town with more friends in May, one of whom is a GP, we were so happy to take them back to Groote Schuur Hospital and to see this museum again for a second time. For us, it was as good as the first time, and our 2nd lot of visitors loved it.
The recreations of the operating theatres and situation rooms are amazing, these are the very corridors and theatres where all the action happened, with apparently much of the original equipment and/or furnishings. (Even the original donor heart is in a jar!!). The tragic events that lead up to the transplant are cleverly presented as though it happened yesterday, and with compassionate sensitivity and tribute to the donor and her family, also. It is quite moving and we all found it compelling. Perhaps that is because on both occasions we also had enthusiastic, knowledgable guides.
Do yourself a favour and see this place. You won't see anything like it anywhere else, esp. as it all happened right there!
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