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.
Term Part of Speech Definition Encyclopedic Entry accessible Adjective
relatively easy to approach, use, or obtain.
complementary, or capable of working together productively.
person or community who gives something away.
study of places and the relationships between people and their environments.
Encyclopedic Entry: geography heart Noun
vital organ for all animals with a circulatory system, responsible for pumping blood throughout the body.
group of tissues that perform a specialized task.
to push through.
method or steps followed to achieve a goal.
the science of using tools and complex machines to make human life easier or more profitable.