Missing Records of Artificial Heart Case Found By DeVries
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) _ Most of the medical records from the artificial heart implant in Barney Clark, reported missing by Dr. William C. DeVries, has been found by the surgeon and returned to the University of Utah, the school said Tuesday.
DeVries, who implanted the artificial heart in Clark in 1982, was preparing to move to Louisville, Ky., last summer when he was unable to find a 1,000- page record that included Clark’s hour-by-hour condition report.
The University of Utah Health Sciences Center disclosed in March that the record was missing, saying it had been stolen and threatening to prosecute ″to the fullest extent of the law if we find out who took it.″
DeVries found most of the missing records when he went through some previously unopened boxes from his Utah office, a university statement said.
Some parts of the record still were missing, said Anne Brillinger, public relations spokeswoman.
The boxes had been packed by others helping DeVries move, the statement said.
All of Clark’s medical records in possession of the university, records of the university’s Institutional Review Board deliberations on the artificial heart and Clark postoperative data that had been computerized now have been consolidated in the university’s Office of Records Management, said Dr. Don E. Detmer, vice president for health sciences.
″The University of Utah now has the essential parts of the Barney Clark medical record permanently stored in a safe area where the record can be made accessible to appropriate scientific researchers,″ Detmer said.
The artificial heart was implanted in Clark at the university hospital Dec. 2, 1982. He was the world’s first recipient of a permanent artificial heart, four of which have been implanted by DeVries. Clark died March 23, 1983, at age 62.