On November 30, 2001, Robert Tools of Louisville, Kentucky, died, 151 days after surgery that implanted a fully self-contained artificial heart. Tools’ artificial heart, known as the AbioCor, was the first model not to have wires or tubes penetrating the patient’s skin.
 
Artificial-heart technology reduces the need for heart transplants. Heart transplants are complex surgical procedures that rely on medical compatibility and accessibility to donors with healthy hearts. Medical professionals review considerations such as blood type, organ size, and the time a patient has been on a waiting list for an organ. The most influential factors considered, however, are the locations of the organ donor and the potential recipient.
 
Artificial organs may make geography less of a factor in organ donation.
accessible
Adjective

relatively easy to approach, use, or obtain.

compatible
Adjective

complementary, or capable of working together productively.

complex
Adjective

complicated.

donor
Noun

person or community who gives something away.

Noun

study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.

heart
Noun

vital organ for all animals with a circulatory system, responsible for pumping blood throughout the body.

organ
Noun

group of tissues that perform a specialized task.

penetrate
Verb

to push through.

potential
Noun

possibility.

procedure
Noun

method or steps followed to achieve a goal.

technology
Noun

the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.

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