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New transplant developments mark medical milestone

Published on 17/12/2009
A pioneering transplant involving 'resuscitated' donor lungs has been performed on a British cystic fibrosis patient.

The new procedure used a damaged lung repaired with a perfusion technique in the lab, which pumps oxygenated solution over the donated organ.

Welcoming the developments, Professor Paul Corris, academic director of the Institute of Transplantation at Newcastle, said: "In this case it is applied to donor lugs, but it is potentially applicable to other organs.

"Initially it is those with cystic fibrosis, emphysema and lung fibrosis who will see the most benefit - those who require lung transplants at first. It may well be that in the future this process can be used in livers, kidneys and hearts."

The findings could help improve transplantation outcomes and increase the lung donor organ pool.

According to the NHS, while 96 per cent of Brits would accept an organ if needed, only 27 per cent have the joined the Organ Donor Register.

Statistics show that the number of people waiting for life-saving transplants is rising by eight per cent each year.
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