Author(s): Amos Van der Merwe
In the dark years of apartheid, a boy grew up in a household with a terrible secret: although they were of mixed origins, they had managed to ‘pass as white’. A young Winston Wicomb, however, was far too dark to fit in and had to be hidden whenever someone knocked on their door. After struggling through school and even managing to obtain a university degree, he remained unemployed due to his skin colour. To make ends meet, he serviced cars in their backyard, but never stopped dreaming about escaping the restraints of apartheid. Then fate intervened... While distributing pamphlets advertising his mechanical skills, Wicomb found Professor Chris Barnard stranded next to a road.
He offered to help even though he had no experience with the new Mercedes-Benz the professor drove.
Barnard, surprised at the success of Winston’s efforts and impulsive as ever, offered Winston a job in his research lab.
It is here that Winston applied his knowledge and experience of matters mechanical to produce the world’s first apparatus to transport a living heart over long distances.
Vital Remains: Winston Wicomb, the Heart Transplant Pioneer Apartheid Could Not Stop tells the story of an unlikely hero, a huge risk, achievement… and love.
|FORMAT||234 x 156 mm|
|PUBLICATION DATE||15 November 2017|
|ILLUSTRATIONS||48 colour photographs|