Longest surviving artificial heart transplant patient
Peter Houghton
United Kingdom (Oxford)
Peter Houghton (UK, 1938–2007) was implanted with a Jarvik 2000 heart pump at the John Radcliffe Hospital, Oxford, UK, on 20 June 2000 due to severe heart failure. Since the operation, the left ventricular assist device has worked continuously supporting his heart, breaking the previous duration record on 11 August 2004 at 1,513 days.

He died 25 November 2007 from multiple organ failure.

Death reported on BBC News: http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/england/west_midlands/7125387.stm

The Jarvik 2000 is an artificial heart.

Peter was the first person in the world to be given an artificial heart for permanent use rather than as a bridge to transplantation.

The record represents the survival of both the person and the artificial heart. A few individuals have lived longer than 1,512 days but with two artificial hearts, having the first surgically replaced due to failure or wear.

Dated from 20 June 2000 to 24 November 2007 (the last day Mr Houghton was alive), this gives a total survival time of 7 years 5 months 5 days.