Technician José Ruiz (left) and Dr. Francisco Merino, a Canadian Research Fellow, demonstrate the computerized heart-assist pump that was used at the JGH in 1968.
85th Anniversary - ArchivesJanuary 2019

From the archives: Historic operation saves heart patient’s life in 1968

In January 1968, the JGH made medical history as the first hospital in the world to use an external, artificial heart-assist pump to resuscitate a patient who was dying of an acute heart attack.