Jarvik 7

"Jarvik 7"
"Jarvik 7"

Jarvik 7

Many people have wondered over the years whether it’s possible to create a man made organ and make it function in the human body as if it was real. Scientists have been working on this idea for a while now and what they have come up with is the “Jarvik 7”1. This is the first man made heart that has been made to go inside of a human. The man behind this incredible creation is Dr. Robert Jarvik1. He has been working off of the idea that it is possible to create a heart that seems so natural. The way he designed the heart makes it look like two spheres that are connected together and out of each one comes a cylinder shaped like a tube with an opening at the end2. The heart has those two pumps that get the blood in and out. It is made out of materials such as plastic and aluminum1, which is the major difference between a real one and a fake one. Since the heart can only be powered from the outside and not the inside it causes a problem because by having hoses through your chest can lead to things such as an infection2. So since this heart can only do so much it lasts for a little while. To put this artificial heart to the test surgeon William DeVries2 did the operation to put in the first implant of the heart into patient named Barney Clark2. The surgery was a success everything went well. But the negative about it was that Clark only survived for less than a half a year, 112 days1. With technology helping us today, who knows but it could be possible that in 20 years we could have working artificial organs for every part of the body.

1 Bankston, John. Robert Jarvik and the first artificial heart. Bear, Del.: Mitchell Lane Pub., 2003.

2 Fox, Renée C., and Judith P. Swazey. Spare parts: organ replacement in American Society. New York: Oxford UP, 1992.

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