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WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MEETING COMMEMORATES HEART MACHINE

 WAYNE STATE UNIVERSITY ALUMNI MEETING COMMEMORATES HEART MACHINE
 DETROIT, June 22 /PRNewswire/ -- Forty years ago, researchers at Harper Hospital/Wayne State University announced the development of a major medical breakthrough that revolutionized heart surgery. Harper Hospital in conjunction with General Motors developed the world's first mechanical heart which opened a new era in heart surgery. The mechanical heart allowed surgeons for the first time to detour blood so that the heart could be drained and opened while defects were corrected.
 The mechanical heart machine which received worldwide attention will be commemorated Saturday, June 27, during the first annual Wayne State University Cardiothoracic Surgical Alumni Association Meeting held at Harper Hospital. A replica of the machine will be on display during the meeting, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., along with film of the actual surgery and various newspaper articles that were written describing the historical development. The original heart machine is permanently displayed at the Smithsonian Institution.
 Photo opportunities of the model of the mechanical heart machine are available as well as interviews with heart surgeons at Harper Hospital who can provide information on the importance of this development and discuss present and future trends in heart surgery.
 CONTACT: Leigh Sullivan, Harper Hospital public relations, 313-745-8303.
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