ABC Evening News for Tuesday, Nov 29, 1983
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(Studio) Barney Clark's historical artificial heart surgery last year recalled.
REPORTER: Peter Jennings
(DC) Questions arising over artificial heart itself and program under which Clark received one examined. [Dr. William DeVRIES - notes team's desire to repeat surgery due to information learned from Clark.] [Dr. William PIERCE - explains his concern over artificial heart.] Such doubts noted delaying second implant; restrictions of artificial heart recipients explained. Left ventricular device thought alternative for heart patients; Bob Bergold's experience with device cited as example [BERGOLD - feels good.] [PIERCE - notes advantages of device over artificial heart.] National Institutes of Health's response to controversy reported [NIH spokesperson Dr. Peter FROEMMER - explains funding of assist pumps.] [DeVRIES - believes patient should decide on quality of life.]
REPORTER: George Strait
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