Just in time for Halloween and breakthrough in heart transplant surgery. Australian doctors have transplanted successfully a donor heart that had ceased to beat – considered lifeless organ – into a patient with congenital heart disease. Heart transplants traditionally require the circulation of donor maintained on life-support and is only removed for a maximum of four hours before transplantation. Now, doctors in Australia have devised a new “heart-in-the-box” method. The medical device revives a heart after it has stopped beating. It warms the organ, restarts the heartbeat, and bathes it in a nutrient fluid to keep the organ healthy and extending the time to find a recipient for the donation.
So far, surgeons at St. Vincent Hospital in Sydney have completed two transplants using the device and patient recovery has been exceptional.
Read the full article on the BBC.
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