Associated date: 1985-08-29
Made in: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Materials: polyurethane (overall material), dacron (overall material), polycarbonate (overall material)
User: Drummond, Michael
Designer: Jarvik, Robert
Maker: Symbion, Inc.
Tags: cardiology, surgery, healthcare, medicine, artificialhearts, health&medicine, test
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. MEASUREMENTS 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