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Human lungs that are too damaged for transplant can be ‘fixed’ by hooking them up to a live PIG for 24 hours, study finds

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Daily Mail
July 14, 2020

Damaged lungs from a deceased donor are often too damaged to be transplanted into someone in need of the life-saving organ.

But scientists have found a way to improve the state of lungs which are deemed too battered to be of any use.

A host of scientists at both Columbia and Vanderbilt University channelled their inner Frankenstein and connected human lungs to a sedated pig.

Blood from the swine’s beating heart was channelled into the lungs, which were powered by a ventilator, and then the blood was returned back to the pig.

The experiment used five pairs of human lungs from donors, which were classed as unfit for transplant, and each one was hooked up to a living pig for 24 hours.

The research found that every single set of lungs was in considerably better condition after a day of ‘xenogeneic cross-circulation’.

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This article was posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2020 at 3:22 am

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