Liotta-Cooley Artificial Heart

Description
This is the first total artificial heart implanted in a human body. It was developed by Domingo Liotta and implanted by surgeon Denton Cooley (1920-2016) on April 4, 1969, at St. Luke's Episcopal Hospital in Houston. The recipient, Haskell Karp, lived for sixty-four hours with the artificial heart pumping oxygenated blood through his body until a human heart was available for transplant.
Although Karp died soon after receiving a real heart, and some criticized the surgery as unethical because it was without formal review by the medical community, the procedure demonstrated the viability of artificial hearts as a bridge to transplant in cardiac patients.
Location
Currently not on view
date made
1969
maker
Liotta, Domingo
place made
United States: Texas, Houston
Physical Description
dacron (overall material)
polyurethane (overall material)
silastic (overall material)
Measurements
overall, as stored: 7 1/2 in x 9 in x 6 1/2 in; 19.05 cm x 22.86 cm x 16.51 cm
overall: 18.7 cm x 22.8 cm x 16.4 cm; 7 3/8 in x 8 31/32 in x 6 15/32 in
ID Number
1978.1002.01
accession number
1978.1002
catalog number
1978.1002.01
Credit Line
Denton Cooley, M.D.
subject
Cardiology
Surgery
Cardiology
Surgery
Health Care
Artificial Organs
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Artificial Hearts
Data Source
National Museum of American History, Kenneth E. Behring Center

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