NHS doctors have reportedly become the first in the world to successfully perform heart transplants in children using organs that have previously stopped.
Donated hearts traditionally come from brain-dead patients, but surgeons at the Royal Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire have been able to transplant hearts that were brought back to life into teenage patients.
The doctors used a pioneering machine to make the hearts beat again, which mimics the conditions of the human body.
Six teenagers, aged between 12 and 16, have now benefited from donation after circulatory death (DCD).
John Forsythe, medical director for organ donation and transplantation at NHS Blood and Transplant, said: “This new technique will save lives both here and around the world. It means people can donate their hearts where it wouldn’t have been possible in the past, giving life to patients on the waiting list.”
'We reanimated hearts outside the human body into a box.'
Dr Marius Berman explains how surgeons have been able to make hearts beat again after they had stopped by using a 'heart in a box' machine.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 21, 2021