First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants Performed By Surgeons In Australia

October 29, 2014 2:47 PM

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First-Ever 'Dead Heart' Transplants Performed By Surgeons In Australia

In what's being hailed as a major medical breakthrough, surgeons in Australia have successfully performed the first-ever "dead heart" transplants--replacing patients' failing hearts with donor hearts that had stopped beating for an extended period of time before transplantation.

The donor hearts used in three separate procedures at St. Vincent's Hospital in Sydney weren't actually dead. But they had stopped beating for about 20 minutes before being resuscitated and transplanted into the patients, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.

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