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Haskell Shanks becomes 1st American recipient of mechanical heart pump
August 11, 2021 @ 12:00 am
In an operation at Detroit’s Mount Sinai Hospital, Haskell Shanks of Warren, Michigan became the first American to receive a mechanical heart pump on this day in 1971. The surgery, which took about five hours, was performed by a team headed by Dr. Adrian Kantrowitz, developer of the artificial pacemaker.