Australian doctors transplant ‘dead’ hearts in surgical breakthrough

October 24, 2014 1:13 AM

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Australian doctors transplant ‘dead’ hearts in surgical breakthrough

SYDNEY - Australian surgeons said Friday they have used hearts which had stopped beating in successful transplants, in what they said was a world first that could change the way organs are donated.

Until now, doctors have relied on using the still-beating hearts of donors who have been declared brain dead, often placing the recovered organs on ice and rushing them to their recipients.

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