Huseyin Ulucan
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UK non-beating heart transplant is first for Europe

Surgeons in Cambridgeshire have performed the first heart transplant in Europe using a non-beating heart.

Donor hearts are usually from people who are brain-stem dead, but whose hearts are still beating.

In this case, the organ came from a donor after their heart and lungs had stopped functioning, so-called circulatory death.

Papworth Hospital says the technique could increase the number of hearts available by at least 25%.

Fergus Walsh reports.

  • 26 Mar 2015
  • From the section Health
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