In October 2014, multiple headlines reported that a heart had stopped beating and been revived, before being transplanted into a living recipient. Scientists in Australia told the story of how they had transplanted the ‘dead’ heart. Could this be the answer to the shortage of donor hearts? Oscar Howard ‘Bud’ Frazier and his colleague Dr William ‘Billy’ Cohn of the Texas Heart Institute don’t think so.
I wish the article gave more information about the three minute window for a heart transplant. There’s mention of packing organs in ice, but why not just ship the entire body? The idea isn’t without its complications, but when such are the constraints of medicine currently – what choice is there?