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Beating Heart Baby Donor Saves the Life of a 40-Year-Old Woman in the UK

by Reshma Anand on March 14, 2016 at 4:00 PM
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Beating Heart Baby Donor Saves the Life of a 40-Year-Old Woman in the UK

A baby who was declared brain-dead at the St James' University Hospital in Leeds was kept alive on a ventilator so that her 4cms organ could be donated to a 40-year-old patient.

Organs can be retrieved only from babies who are more than two months but in April 2015, NHS allowed doctors to retrieve organs from babies less than two months who were declared brain-dead but their hearts beating.


This is the first 'beating heart' donor transplant involving a baby less than two months. Beating heart donors are babies who are declared brain-dead but are put on a ventilator for one-three days so that their organs could be retrieved.

The advanced tests can accurately detect brain death in babies and if a is patient confirmed to be brain dead, they are dead and there are no chances of reversing death.

Source: Medindia


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