‘Dead’ hearts transplanted into living patients in world first,

Source: The Guardian

In a world first, Australian surgeons have successfully transplanted “dead” hearts into patients at Sydney’s St Vincent’s hospital.

The procedure, using hearts that had stopped beating, has been described as a “paradigm shift” that will herald a major increase in the pool of hearts available for transplantation. It’s predicted the breakthrough will save the lives of 30% more heart transplant patients.

Until now, transplant units have relied solely on still-beating donor hearts from braindead patients. But the team at St Vincent’s Hospital heart lung transplant unit announced on Friday they had transplanted three heart failure patients using donor hearts that had stopped beating for 20 minutes.

Two of them have recovered well, while the third, who recently undertook the procedure, is still in intensive care.

Cardiologist and unit director Peter MacDonald said the donor hearts were housed in a portable console dubbed a “heart in a box”.

More:

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.