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.
Currently not on view
Health Care
National Museum of American History
Drummond, Michael
Jarvik, Robert
Symbion, Inc.
Credit Line
University Medical Center of the University of 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
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place made
United States: Utah, Salt Lake City
associated place
United States: Arizona
associated date
Object Name
artificial heart
heart, artificial
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Related Publication
Copeland, J. G.. First successful bridge to transplantation with the total artificial heart