A 39-year-old businessman kept alive with an artificial heart for nearly two weeks was in critical condition yesterday after receiving a human heart, while recipients of implants made progress in Arizona, Minnesota and Texas, hospital officials said.
After waiting nine days for the transplant, Joseph Burello of New Alexandria, Pa., received the heart in a 7 1/2-hour operation that ended early yesterday, said David Lash, administrative assistant at Presbyterian-University Hospital here.
Burello received a Jarvik-7 mechanical pump in a five-hour operation that ended Feb. 3, and was placed on the waiting list for a heart transplant on Feb. 6 after his condition stabilized. Hospital officials declined to release any information about the donor.
The only recipient of two temporary artificial hearts, Bernadette Chayrez, continued to make slow progress at University Medical Center in Tucson, said spokeswoman Nina Trasoff.
Michael Drummond, who received a human heart transplant after living for nine days on an artificial heart, planned to return to work this week. The 26-year-old Cottonwood, Ariz., resident was, at 25, the youngest person to receive an artificial heart when the Jarvik-7 pump was implanted last Aug. 29 at University Medical Center in Tucson. He received a human heart transplant on Sept. 7.
The first woman to receive an artificial heart, Mary Lund, 40, of Kensington, Minn., continued to recuperate in the cardiovascular intensive care unit at Abbott Northwestern Hospital in Minneapolis; she received a human heart transplant Jan. 31.