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Machine keeps lungs 'alive' outside the body

from USA Today

The medical marvel that saved Kyle Clark's life is about as fantastical as any story the comic books superfan could conceive. A new machine offered at the University of Michigan keeps donor lungs "alive" outside the human body for up to six hours. That gives doctors critical extra time to inspect the lungs as the machine pumps special fluid through them, essentially "reconditioning" them for transplant, said Dr. Paul Lange, the medical director for Gift of Life Michigan. He calls it a "game changer" that will preserve lungs that might otherwise get thrown away as unusable. more

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