When it comes to a heart transplant, it’s always a race against time.
We have all seen at tv. when a donor’s heart becomes available, and medical crews must move quickly.
The heart is removed and preserved by placing it in ice. The heart must arrive at the beneficiary’s hospital within six hours that’s because the ice damages the heart making it ineffective for transplant. In this will keep hearts warm and beating. This will be a breakthrough in transplant history.
The first human transplant took place in a hospital in South Africa in 1967. Since then it has become quite a routine procedure with twenty thousand happening in the united state.
There is one aspect of the process that has remained the same. Getting the heart from point A to point B still, involves putting it in cooler full of ice.
Here they are testing out a new device that will change the way organs are transported and make cooler a thing of the past, well as far as organ transport a human organ has never been kept alive out of the human body until this machine became a clinical reality.
The head of U LA’S HEART AND LUNG TRANSPLANT PROGRAM to say that instead of having my heart on ice, I want it to be warm and beating.
For some of his patient like 44-year old SANDRA AGUILAR, This is a second chance at life she suffers from a debilitating position and has been waiting for a heart since the last December to compare the outcome of patients who receive hearts through the organ care system versus patients who get their hearts transported on ice.
Our reporter asked few questions from Dr. waleed Hussain
Question: THE PATIENTS YOU WERE TALKING TO Participating IN THIS TRIAL, HOW HAVE THEY RESPONDED TO THAT? ONCE THEY FULLY UNDERSTAND THE CONCEPT, WHY DON’T YOU GUYS COME UP WITH THIS SOONER?
TO DATE, EIGHT OUT OF TEN AVAILABLE DONOR HEARTS NEVER MAKE IT TO A PATIENT IN NEED FOR A VARIETY OF FACTORS, INCLUDING DISTANCE BETWEEN HOSPITALS.THIS WOULD PRESERVE THE HEARTS IN A MORE OPTIMAL ENVIRONMENT.
He further said that WE FEEL VERY CONFIDENT IN THE ORGAN CARE SYSTEM TO DOUBLE THE HEART TRANSPLANT VOLUME.
WHILE TRAINING AS SURGEON.THE HEART IS JUST THROWN IN A PLASTIC BAG AND THROWN ON ICE. THAT WAS THE FIRST REVELATION THAT THERE HAS TO BE SOMETHING BETTER.
Question: HOW LONG COULD YOU KEEP A HEART BEATING ON THIS Device?
Answer: AS LONG AS YOU WOULD LIKE.THIS device LET’S YOU KNOW THAT EVERYTHING IS GOING OKAY? ABSOLUTELY WHAT HAPPENS IF ANYTHING GOES WRONG.YOU HAVE ALARMS TELLING YOU THAT YOU’RE OUT OF RANGE, AND YOU CAN IMMEDIATELY CONTROL IT, CHANGE PUMP FLOW, CHANGE THE SETTINGS TO TREAT THIS HEART. YOU HAVE A VERY COMPREHENSIVE ANALYSIS OF HOW THIS HEART IS BEHAVING, AND YOU HAVE A CHANCE TO IMPROVE THAT BEHAVIOR WHEN NEEDED.
Question: HOW FRAGILE IS THE HEART, AND CAN I TOUCH IT?
Answer: ONE, IT’S NOT VERY FRAGILE, YES, YOU CAN TOUCH IT, BUT IT’S NOT THE NORM DURING CLINICAL PRACTICES.
Dr. waleed hopes that someday learning how to use the ice will be standard for training for surgeons, but for now, the doctor uses the human care system on the closest thing to human heart, pig heart.Once removed from the donor’s body, the heart is instantly attached to the device through the aorta.