Dr. Denton A. Cooley performed the world’s first total artificial heart implant on April 4, 1969, in Houston. The device, developed by Dr. Domingo Liotta, was implanted in a 47-year-old patient with severe heart failure.The patient lived for nearly three days until a human heart was available for transplant. This was one of the most significant medical milestones for patients awaiting a new heart and paved the way for mechanical devices to be used a bridge to transplant and launched a quest to build a total artificial heart that lasts to this day.
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