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The DeBakey Ventricular By-Pass Pump
On April 21, 1966, Dr. Michael DeBakey implanted a partial artificial heart (which he invented) in the chest of 65-year-old Marcel De Rudder.
De Rudder died four days later from other causes, but his damaged heart valves reportedly were beginning to heal.
The surgery is completed, with pump in place.
DeBakey's device took over the function of the
left ventricle. When the diaphragm in the device expands,
blood from the left atrium fills the chamber. This blood
is then forced into the aorta when the diaphragm
contracts. The chamber's two valves prvent any backflow
of blood. The power source for the unit is an external
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