Bridge to organ transplantation
On August 25, 1985, Dr. Jack C. Copeland surgically implanted this Jarvik-7 artificial heart into a patient awaiting a heart transplant in Tucson, AZ. The patient, Michael Drummond, lived with the artificial heart for a week until a donor organ was available. It was the first Jarvik-7 heart used as a temporary bridge to organ transplantation. Dr. Robert K. Jarvik had developed the titanium and salastic device during the late 1970s.
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