Transplant Surgery Successful In UK - Could Help Donor Organ Shortage
June 9th 2006
A new technique may make it possible to transplant organs that would
otherwise not be transplantable. The new device, called the TransMedics
Organ Care System, could increase the pool of acceptable donor hearts by
allowing surgeons to transplant otherwise marginal donor organs.
Two weeks ago, doctors in the United Kingdom (UK) performed the world’s
first “beating heart transplant”. If approved in the US, it could
increase the donor supply and solve a chronic organ shortage crisis, ABC
News correspondent Bharathi Radhakrishan recently reported.
The system, developed in Boston, is a specialized machine that keeps the
heart beating and warm until it is ready to be used. This would
eliminate the need for packing the heart on ice, like the current method