Two Houston surgeons, Dr. Denton Cooley and Dr. Michael E. DeBakey, pioneered heart transplant techniques.
It was today in 1969 that Dr. Denton Cooley and his surgical team at the Texas Heart Institute in Houston implanted the first complete artificial heart into a human.
Cooley and his surgical team also performed the first heart transplant in the U.S. in May 1968. In August of that same year, DeBakey and his team performed the first simultaneous multi-organ transplant.
Back during this time, the heart implant was a temporary measure in order to keep the cardiac patient alive until a heart transplant could be completed. It wasn’t until 1982 that the first artificial heart implant intended for permanent use was made when the surgical team headed by Dr. William DeVries at the University of Utah performed the procedure with the Jarvik-7.
“The heart is really a fascinating organ. It’s about the only organ in the body that you can really witness its function. Doing things. And so on. Some of the other organs you can witness, like the intestines, will have this sort of peristaltic motion. But nothing that can compare with the activity of the human heart.” ~ Dr. Denton Cooley
The first artificial heart is now in the Smithsonian Institution in Washington.
“In Texas, years ago, almost all of the oil came from surface operations. Then someone got the idea that there were greater sources of supply deeper down. A well was drilled five thousand feet deep. The result? A gusher. Too many of us operate on the surface. We never go deep enough to find supernatural resources. The result is, we never operate at our best. More time and investment is involved to go deep but a gusher will pay off.” ~ Alfred A. Montapert, Author