U. team implanted Jarvik-7 in Barney Clark 25 years ago
I have spent many years attempting to keep the Dr. Clark history of events
correct and as accurate as possible. Therefore I offer the following:Maire 11/25 Dr. Clark was the recipient of the artificial heart and thus he
did not visit your mother as a surgeon.Michael 11/25 You are very correct
in that Dr. Kwan-Gett's contributions were remarkable and I for one always
recognize his achievements. He left the artificial heart research and entered
into clinical cardiac surgery at St. Marks Hospital in 1970 until his
retirement.No Name 11/26 Dr. Long recieved the MD degree in 1982 and was
introduced to artificial hearts in 1989 during the year he spent doing research
on the TAH in the Utah laboratory. He is not a cardiologist but a very fine and
accomplished cardiothoracic surgeon and a strong proponent of mechanical cardiac
support and replacement devices.
There is no mention of Dr. James Long who is noted to be one of the top
cardiologists in the world, and also was and is a big part of the this program
I lived in Scotland in '82 and it was a huge story over there. Nightly News
What were you reading? I saw Kwan-Gett's name a couple of time, with the
information that Jarvik built on his design.
Any story on the artificial heart that does not mention Cliff Kwan-Gett is a
travesty to a man who may easily have done more for the artificial heart than
anyone. Cliff was willing to stay in the research field for years forgoing the
high salary he could have made in private practice. Robert Jarvik
didn't invent the artificial heart that was implanted in Barney. He took Cliff
Kwan-Gett's design made a few minor modifications and stamped his name on it.
My mother was in LDS Hospital having her own (unrelated)surgery when Dr. Barney
Clark performed the first heart transplant. He came into her room and chatted
with her for a few minutes. It was one of the big events of her life.
I agree with Sherry, Barney Clark was a fine man. I was a senior in high school
at that time. Even though young, I do recall Barney Clark's sense of humor,
although I cannot recall anything specific he said. But he appeared to be a
classy person who was also very brave. If in the mind, heart and psyche of
Barney Clark, he was afraid, it didn't make it into any of the papers I read or
TV news I saw.
I remember Barney Clark. He was a very brave man who deserves to be remembered.
He did an extremely courageous thing and faced some very difficult days in order
to help others. Not many people would do what he did and do it with the sense of
humor and dignity with which he faced the ups and downs following the
groundbreaking procedure. Although the procedure did not ultimately succeed in
prolonging Mr. Clark's life by very much he was willing to do it in order to
someday hopefully help others.