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This Day in History - March 23
March 23, 1983 - Barney Clark, the first recipient of an artificial heart dies

Dr. Robert Jarvick was the man who designed the Jarvick 7, an artificial heart made of polyurethane(聚氨酯)and aluminum, and Barney B. Clark, a 61-year old retired dentist, was the man who gave the Jarvick 7 its first real human test. Clark successfully underwent(经历)a 7 1/2 hour transplant operation, headed by Dr. William C. DeVries at the University of Utah Medical Center. Artificial devices had been used on rare occasions as an interim(临时的)life support for patients undergoing human heart transplants. The first full-time artificial heart recipient(接受者)survived for 112 days, cheered by many get well wishers, before his death on March 23, 1983. "The alternative(两者择一)is to either die or have it done "- Barney Clark.

 

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