H English 10B
17 February 2015
The Future of... Transmedics "InaBox" Transplants
Over 100,000 people are waiting for some sort of organ transplant right now. About twenty people die every single day waiting for an organ that will never come. Transmedics is hoping to save these twenty people dying every single day. Currently, people on the transplant list can get an organ if one that has a negative cross match appears and can be picked up and delivered within an extremely small window of time. "InaBox" transplants could save so many lives because so far they have been able to keep hearts and lungs viable for up to eight hours. Transmedics is working on the future of transplant surgery and they have already done several successful heart transplants and lung transplants. Transmedics uses new technology in which fake arteries are connected to the heart to keep donor blood pumping through it, so that the heart never stops beating. It is still in a trial phase but it has the potential, in the future to save thousands of lives.
Usually heart and lungs only have a four hour window of viability. Other organs such as kidneys have a longer window of time to be taken from the donor and put into the patient. The reason Transmedics specifically targets hearts and lungs because the viability and importance of
having hearts and lungs ready all the time could save so many lives and without this people sometimes have to wait years before getting the hearts that could help them live without machines attached to them. Some people that qualify for heart transplants are people with cardiomyopathy, congenital heart disease, or valvular disease. However, if hearts were ready before people needed them people in emergent traumas could survive with a new donor heart.
They believe they can begin working on LiverInaBox very soon. This could save ...
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