It is with great sadness that we inform our NZ Heart Kids and families of the recent passing of Prof Francis Fontan at the age of 89 in Bordeaux, France. Prof Fontan pioneered the Fontan surgery in 1971, and this life-giving surgical procedure is at the heart of survival for people living with a Fontan circulation in New Zealand and around the world.
His legacy will continue to inspire and engage many generations of physicians to come, and our gratitude for his brilliance is difficult to express in a few short words. It is a chapter in the cardiac surgery community which draws to a close, and Prof Fontan will remain forever one of the most exceptional pioneers in our field.
Our deepest condolences go to his family and colleagues during this difficult time. RIP.