New Device Could One Day Lead To More Viable Organs For Life-Saving Transplants

CBS NEW YORK

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — A New York man in desperate need of a new liver volunteered to use an innovative new technology, which could one day make more organs suitable for life-saving transplants.

On average, 22 people die each day waiting for an organ, and the need grows every year, CBS2’s Dr. Max Gomex reported.

Twenty years ago, 68-year-old Robert Mellis, a corrections officer, had no idea that stopping a prison fight would result in the fight of his life.

“I got slashed, stabbed in prison,” he said. “Through the prison job, I found out I had Hepatitis C.”

It slowly ravaged his liver and eventually led to liver cancer.

“A liver transplant is the only cure for the type of cancer I had,” he said.

After 10 days on the transplant waiting list, a liver was found. Continue reading

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