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UMN surgeons perform region's first 'breathing lung' transplant


University of Minnesota surgeons say they have performed the first lung transplant procedure in the Midwest using a new technology designed to better preserve lungs once they've been donated. The so-called "breathing lung" transplant was performed last week in Minneapolis at the University of Minnesota Medical Center, Fairview. A 51-year-old Minnesota man with emphysema underwent the double-lung procedure. The organs spent two hours in the experimental device while being transported from the donor's hospital. more

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