Anyone for Heaven?By: John Blanchard
As a friend of mine often reminds people, âWe are not here to stay; we are here to go.â I am writing these words in a Consultantâs waiting room in a London hospital. Some of the other patients are showing signs of great physical distress, moving reminders that the whole world is a hospital in which everyone is a terminal patient. The South African surgeon Christiaan Barnard performed the worldâs first human heart transplant operation in 1967 and the first double-heart transplant in 1974. Later in life he said, âAt 79, people ask me, âWhere do you go from here?â I say to them, âIâm on the waiting list. I donât exactly know where I am on that, or where Iâm going. But Iâm on itâ.â So are you! Even as you read these words you are fighting a losing battle with death, whatever your age or present state of health. What will happen to you when death wins..?