Stem Cell Jab that Repairs Liver Without Need for Transplant to be Trialled on Sick British Children
Source: Mail Online
Doctors have developed a pioneering treatment for liver disease that could save hundreds of lives a year and avoid the need for transplant surgery. Liver specialists desperately need new approaches to the epidemic of liver diseases that is leading to huge demand for donor livers. Eighteen British children suffering from rare and life threatening liver conditions are to receive infusions of specialty treated liver cells removed from the organs of dead donors. Read More.
With Thousands on Transplant Waiting Lists, Advances in Care Reduce Risks
More than 120,00 Americans are now on waiting lists for an organ transplant. "Every day in this country, 17 people die without the opportunity of a transplant," said Dr. Sander Florman, director of the Recanati/Miller Transplantation Institute at Mount Sinai Hospital and AST member. "Right now, there are 100,000 Americans waiting for a kidney and 17,000 waiting for a liver," said Florman. "There are nowhere near enough organs from deceased donors for these people - living donors are the only way we'll ever be able to match this need." In 2010, 6,500 organ transplants were performed thanks to living donors. Read More.
Breakthrough Transplant Operation Carried out at Birmingham Hospital
Source: Birmingham Mail
A Birmingham UK hospital has carried out a pioneering operation which could save the lives of thousands of transplant patients. Medics at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital used a special system to preserve the liver and kidneys inside a donor patient after they had stopped breathing. Read More.
Girl Who Received 6 Organ Transplants Returns to School
A little girl who received six organ transplants recently returned to school. It's been a little more than two months since a 9-year old girl returned home to Hollis, Maine after undergoing a groundbreaking multi-organ transplant. Doctors gave Alannah Shevenell a 50/50 chance of surviving the surgery that replaced her stomach, pancreas, spleen, liver, small bowel, and a portion of her esophagus. Read More.
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