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EX VIVO LUNG: Transplant surgeons at Toronto General Hospital make medical history

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This can also be done with a brain in a jar hooked-up to A.I…

*** As featured on the Colbert Report — June 4, 2009 ***

For the first time in the world, transplant surgeons, led by Dr. Shaf Keshavjee, used a new technique to repair an injured donor lung that was unsuitable for transplant, and then successfully transplanted it into Andy Dyksrta.

Dr. Keshavjee and his team have developed an ex vivo or outside the body technique capable of pumping a bloodless solution containing oxygen, proteins and nutrients into damaged donor lungs. This technique allows the surgeons the opportunity to assess and treat damaged donor lungs, while they are outside the body, to make them suitable for transplantation. To find out more about this research milestone, and others like it, visit!

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