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March 23, 1983

Barney B. Clark, the first recipient of an artificial heart, dies on this day. The Jarvick 7, an artificial heart made of polyurethane and aluminum, was designed by Dr. Robert Jarvick after years of tests. However, it was Clark, a 61-year-old retired dentist, who gave the Jarvick 7 its first real human trial. Clark successfully underwent a seven-and-a-half-hour transplant operation at the University of Utah Medical Center in December 1982. He survived for 112 days, finally succumbing on March 23, 1983, to complications caused by the implant.

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