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Organs can be repaired outside the body
“To see these lungs that are damaged and 12 hours later are perfect is fascinating,” said Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, who headed the project. “Worldwide, this strategy could easily double the number of lung transplants that are done … It’s a phenomenally exciting advance.“
Tom Blackwell, National Post Published: Friday, December 19, 2008
TORONTO — In the life-and-death world of lung transplantation, the statistics can be heart-breaking. While at least one in five patients dies waiting for a transplant, as many as 90% of donated lungs have to be discarded because the fragile organs are too damaged.
Surgeons at a Toronto hospital announced on Friday, however, that they have found a way to beat the discouraging odds with an “amazing” new procedure touted as the first of its kind in the world.