Thanks to a great, new breakthrough in heart transplant technology, Rob Evans' recent heart transplant was different from mine and thousands of others. When Rob's donor heart arrived at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, it was not chilled and in a cooler like most donated organs. It was warm and still beating with the donor's blood and oxygen still coursing through it (see video by clicking here).
Rob's transplant was part of an on-going medical trial of an organ-preservation system in which donor hearts are kept in a "delivery box" which very closely mimics their natural environment within the human body. The new technology, called the Organ Care System (OCS), has the potential to actually save lives by :
- improving the functioning of donor hearts,
- allowing transplant teams to better assess donor hearts,
- allowing transplant teams to identify potential tissue-matching issues heading off future rejection, and
- increasing the shelf-life of donor hearts.
The potential for the OCS is limitless. It could one day be expanded from donor hearts into other donated organs, too. The success of the trial could mean saving countless lives that otherwise would become another statistic. Personally, I'll be praying that the OCS trial is successful, and I hope you'll join me. It could mean the difference between life and death for many of our fellow Americans.
And yes, this news has me pumped !!
Source : article on newsroom.ucla.edu titled Patient's Life Saving Donor Heart Arrives 'Warm and Beating' Inside Experimental Device