A poem by Evan Williams

A surgeon in an operating theatre

Evan wrote this poem to express his thanks to heart surgeons everywhere. 


With 'hand on heart' I sincerely proclaim

That Dr Christiaan Neethling Barnard rose to fame

By putting 'open heart' surgery and 'heart transplant' pioneering surgery behind his South African name!

He administered drugs to help prevent tissue rejections

Having heightened the risk of life-threatening infections!


In 2017 'heart surgery' has come a very long 'cardiac way'

Since the very first 'human heart transplant' in 1967 on a cold December day!

'Heart failure' causes symptoms, diagnosis, prognosis and treatment to cure,

Trust your 'heart surgeon' and team to get it pumping correctly once more!

My wife Norma had a 'coronary artery' bypass at Blackpool Hospital in days past

Thanks to modern technology and Mr Millner's skillful surgery, her heart will now last!


When you're wheeled into the 'operating theatre', you've nothing to fear

Because when you're safely back in 'intensive care' you'll receive the all clear!

So to all 'heart surgeons' and teams everywhere, I sing my praise

To Britain's fabulous cardiac specialists a toast,

"Cheers" with glasses raised!




The poems published in this section are creative writing by Heart Matters readers. They should not be taken as medical advice.

It isn’t always easy to express your emotions, but writing poetry can be a way of putting your feelings down on paper which many people find helpful. If you’d like your poem about any aspect of heart disease or caring for someone to appear in this section, email it to hmeditor@bhf.org.uk

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