name was Barney Clark and he was a 61 year old dentist. It was fitted at the University
of Utah Medical Center in Salt Lake City.
had to spend the last four months of his life in a hospital bed in considerable
pain and remained on a life support system which pumped compressed air into his
heart (a Jarvik-7) was fitted by a team led by Dr. William C. DeVries on December
heart developments continues and in the 1990's the Jarvik-7 was temporarily fitted
to around 150 patients until a real heart could be transplanted. More than half
of those fitted with artificial hearts lived until a transplant heart could be
research is going into developing a smaller heart pump.