Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart

Jarvik-7 Artificial Heart

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This Jarvik-7 total artificial heart was used in the first authorized bridge to organ transplant operation. A bridge to transplantation is a temporary measure that replacs a failing heart with a mechanical pump while waiting for a human heart for implantation. Jack G. Copeland, M.D, performed the surgery on August 29, 1985 at the University Medical Center, University of Arizona. The patient, 25 year old Michael Drummond, lived with the mechanical pump for nine days until a donor heart could be implanted. Later, Drummond kept the heart in his home before its donation to the Smithsonian.
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Object Name
artificial heart
heart, artificial
Other Terms
artificial heart; Prostheses
date made
associated date
Drummond, Michael
Jarvik, Robert
Symbion, Inc.
place made
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
associated place
United States: Arizona
Physical Description
polyurethane (overall material)
dacron (overall material)
polycarbonate (overall material)
average spatial: 13.7 cm x 10.1 cm x 9.6 cm; 5 13/32 in x 3 31/32 in x 3 25/32 in
overall: 4 1/4 in x 6 in x 9 in; 10.795 cm x 15.24 cm x 22.86 cm
ID Number
catalog number
accession number
Credit Line
University Medical Center of the University of Arizona
Health Care
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Medicine and Science: Medicine
Health & Medicine
Artificial Hearts
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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My name is Tracy Fleming II and I am a Lazer Welding Technician. I am very blessed to have a mere role in the production of Jarvik Heart technologies. I am given the task of joining and sealing these parts with a lazer beam and it is such a joy. Just knowing the history and concept behind this technology is an overwhelming encouragement be proud of what I do. I am the father of two awesome young boys, so I am most certainly proud of preparing parts for children. What a world when we all help. Please take time to love one another. Take care of children in need, widows and all other fellow peoples we interact with. Love comes from the heart.

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