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IDAHO ARTIFICIAL-HEART RECIPIENT REMAINS IN STABLE CONDITION

The condition of an Idaho man who received an artificial heart implant less than a week ago remained critical but stable Monday at LDS Hospital.

The designation "critical" is standard for patients who are in intensive care, said hospital spokesman Jess Gomez, who said the 56-year-old grandfather, whose identity was being withheld at the request of his family, visited with family members over the weekend, got plenty of rest and continues to gain strength.The man is the first person in Utah to receive an artificial heart since Barney Clark got the world's first permanent implant in 1982.

The operation began late Tuesday night, April 11, with the air-driven CardioWest C-70 device placed in the patient's chest after midnight. The operation ended about 4 a.m.