Harefield Hospital’s transplant surgeons are using a pioneering technology that keeps a donor heart pumping outside the body.
Dubbed the ‘heart in a box’, the device keeps the organ ‘alive’ from the moment it is removed until it is placed in a recipient.
Consultant cardiac surgeon and director of heart and lung transplantation, Mr André Simon, said:
“Put simply, it means that patients at Harefield Hospital have had life-saving heart transplants which otherwise would not have been possible, primarily because we have travelled greater distances to retrieve an organ and have been able to transplant many more patients who already have an implanted device keeping them alive.”
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Consultant cardiac surgeon and director of heart and lung transplantation and ventricular assist devices.