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February 19, 1986

The first recipient of two artificial hearts underwent surgery to reposition the pump, which was pressing against a large vein, hospital officials said. Bernadette Chayrez, 40, "came through the surgery great," said Nina Trasoff, a University Medical Center spokeswoman in Tucson. Chayrez remained in critical condition after her fifth operation in 16 days. The second artificial heart implant was performed after a transplanted human heart failed.

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