Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Dad's Life Saved By Donated Heart That Was Kept Beating OUTSIDE the body

Yahoo News UK | Matt Payton

Dad-of-one Lee Hall was told by doctors that he had just two days to find a new heart in May this year, or he would have to have a pump fitted

A young father who desperately needed a new heart was saved when an organ was found for him - that was kept beating inside a BOX.

Dad-of-one Lee Hall was told by doctors that he had just two days to find a new heart in May this year, or he would have to have a pump fitted.

The 26-year-old was diagnosed with heart failure when he was 14 and had already had a mechanical pump fitted five years ago to keep the blood flowing around his body.

However, the pump cables became infected, leading to the rush to find a heart donor for the life-saving op.

Miraculously, the heart of a patient who had died on the day he found out he needed a new one was offered to Lee - and he was told it could be kept beating OUTSIDE the donor’s body.

The new ‘heart in a box’ method can revive hearts which have been dead for up to 30 minutes - and keep them alive for up to eight hours before an operation.

It could save hundreds of lives as it doubles the amount of time that hearts can be preserved outside of the body. Continue reading

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