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'Dead' hearts give life to transplant patients

from By Alan Kelsky

A trio of breakthrough heart transplants made history recently as surgeons in Australia transplanted "dead" hearts into three patients. The initial success for all three surgeries was credited to the perfusion-based machine that is able to sustain dead hearts. Hearts from cadavers that had not beaten for up to 20 minutes were reanimated and transplanted into waiting patients. Actually, these hearts were not dead, they were in a state that closely resembles suspended animation where the heart is preserved until it is reanimated. more

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