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Air Ambulance Services could soon be transporting home grown livers for transplantation

Date: 25-Jun-2010

The liver could be 'rejuvenated' using the patient's own cells, removing the need for powerful drugs to prevent the body rejecting the organ.

"The basic idea is to grow a liver in the lab for transplantation," said Dr Korkot Uygon at Harvard Medical School.

Researchers suggest that we could be using home grown livers within 5 years.

"If we succeed it will definitely revolutionise how liver diseases are treated." More than 600 liver transplants are carried out each year in Britain, but it is estimated that more than a fifth of patients die waiting.


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Organs have a shelf life out of the body and it is imperative that organs, especially hearts are transported as quickly as possible before they are not fit to use anymore.

Ground Ambulances and Air Ambulances liaise with each other to ensure vital organs are delivered to hospitals before they have been out of the donors body too long.

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