UAMC Revives Heart-Lung Transplant Center
Doctors at the University of Arizona Medical School are doing heart-lung transplants again and developing new technology to increase the number of transplantable organs.Photo: Video by kgun9.com
Reporter: Greg Gurule
TUCSON (KGUN9-TV) - The University of Arizona Medical Center is on the cutting edge of transplant technology. UAMC has revived its heart-lung transplant program and is spearheading technology to make more donor organs available and even rebuild damaged hearts and lungs for transplant.
The Center has a "breathing lung" machine that pumps air and vital fluids through donor lungs rather than putting the organs on "ice" for transportation. Doctors say the donor organs can last days longer than through traditional methods and arrive in better conditions for transplantation.
Researchers at the Center is also experimenting with patient adult stem cells to recondition transplantable organs and make them more acceptable to recipients.