In Organ Transplants, Cooling Things Down May Not Be The Way To Go

A device made by Andover-based TransMedics, to keep livers alive outside the body, for transplantation


Credit: Craig LeMoult/WGBH

WGBH | Craig Lemoult

Last year, tens of thousands of organs were removed from dead or dying patients, packed in ice, and raced to an operating room so a very sick patient could get a life-saving transplant. On average, 22 people die every day in the U.S. because they couldn’t get one of those organs. Now, a company and hospital in Massachusetts are teaming up to figure out if there might be a better way to do those transplants, and to save more lives.

Biology professor Lloyd Matsumoto was at a department picnic at Rhode Island College when he first realized he might have a serious health problem.

"A colleague’s wife who is a physician asked me if I had heart disease," he said. "And I said no I didn’t why did you ask? And she said because your legs are swollen, you need to see a physician." Continue reading
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