Idaho businessman Al Marsden had a change of heart Tuesday.
During a several-hour surgery that started about 5:15 p.m., the Idaho businessman received a human donor heart to replace the CardioWest C-70 artificial heart that has kept him alive since April 12. The UTAH Cardiac transplant team, headed by Dr. James W. Long, performed the surgery.Marsden was only Utah's second artificial heart recipient. The first one in 1982 was intended to be permanent. Seattle dentist Barney Clark lived for 112 days on the device. Following his death, Utah doctors abandoned plans to use the device as a replacement for the human heart and opted instead to use it as a temporary bridge to keep patients alive until a human donor heart could be found. Marsden was the first in Utah to use the artificial heart as a bridge while awaiting transplant.
According to Jess Gomez, spokesman for LDS Hospital, the surgery was successful, and Marsden is "doing as well as can be expected." He is listed in critical condition in the intensive care unit.
The 56-year-old developer from Boise, Idaho, learned that a donor heart was available at 4 p.m. He had survived on the artificial heart for 132 days.