Hometown Hero Gary Clark and his dad Barney Clark, the world’s first artificial heart transplant recipient

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TERRE HAUTE, Ind (WTWO/WAWV) -Barney Clark served in World War II as a medic and a bombardier trainer. His son Gary was in the Marine Corps during Vietnam. Like a lot of veterans, they did their duty and served their country. That service was important, but what this family endured and achieved after their service gained worldwide attention in the field of medicine.

In December 1982., the Seattle dentist survived a 7 hour surgery to remove his heart and replace it with an artificial heart called the Jarvik 7.

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