Dead heart saves person

Discussion in 'The Lounge' started by Darth_Marques, Jun 3, 2015.

  1. Darth_Marques

    Darth_Marques Administrator Staff Member Administrator Premium

    The title says it all, Australian doctors successfully transplanted a dead heart into a living person to save living person.

    Admittedly, the dead heart was inky dead for ~3 minutes, before it was put into its new home. The dying patient was lying on the operating table with his chest open as the doctors waited for him to die.

    The donor died, the heart was removed, and the heart was moved into its new home quickly enough that the heart was undamaged.

    Unfortunately, with time constraints on decay and such on important organs like the heart, this is only viable if the donor dies in the hospital. Even providing CPR to a deceased person to keep oxygen going to the heart, the maximum time for a transplant is ~15 minutes. (Though CPR can save a non-donor patient for up to 45 minutes if done correctly.)

    There just aren't enough (biological) hearts to around, and researchers are still trying to perfect artificial hearts in the meantime. Something with literally no shelf life, that can be activated when it is needed.
  2. project

    project Administrator Staff Member Administrator


    Interesting story, though.
  3. Darth_Marques

    Darth_Marques Administrator Staff Member Administrator Premium

    Yeah, I thought that part was kind of insensitive but I guess if you need the heart bad enough... If that were me, I'd have felt like a lab rat. Of course, assuming I was conscious.

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