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UCLA Patient Is First in the World to Successfully Receive a new prototype of a total artificial Heart

UCLA Patient Is First in the World to Successfully Receive a new prototype of a total artificial Heart | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

It has been announced this last week that a 44-year-old woman has received a successful heart transplant at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in the United States, thanks to an experimental Total Artificial Heart designed for smaller patients.

 

This particular smaller model of the Syncardia prototype of the total artificial heart is the first one to have been successfully implanted into a smaller patient.

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Another important step in the provision of total artificial heart transplants to patients who are in need

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Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Surgeon and Nobel Winner, Dies at 93

Joseph E. Murray, Transplant Surgeon and Nobel Winner, Dies at 93 | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

The history and background to the first successful human organ transplant performed by a team led by Dr. Joseph Murray in 1954 in a Boston hospital, is featured in this article. The surgery involved a  23-year-old man donating his kidney to his identical twin brother.

 

This post has been published in light of the recent death of Dr Murray who received the Nobel prize for his endeavours in bringing organ transplantation into clinical reality.

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Woman gives birth to a live infant after uterus transplant, in a medical first

Woman gives birth to a live infant after uterus transplant, in a medical first | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

 

A healthy baby boy has been born born prematurely via caesarean section to a Swedish mother last month after the mother had undergone a successful uterus transplant. The uterus was donated from a 61-year-old friend of the mother.

 

This case now represents proof of concept that a live birth can follow a successful uterus transplant, which to date has proven difficult to achieve in other cases.

 

The medical team from Sweden (some of whom are pictured above undertaking the transplant surgery) have also reported the case in detail in a leading medical journal The Lancet. The full Lancet paper can be downloaded via-

 

http://download.thelancet.com/flatcontentassets/pdfs/S0140673614617281.pdf

 

 

An image of the baby along with some condensed information can be viewed via clicking on the following link-

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/health/healthnews/11140527/Womb-transplant-first-picture-of-baby-born-after-pioneering-operation.html?__scoop_post=2bc97550-4bbe-11e4-9fb1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=416336#__scoop_post=2bc97550-4bbe-11e4-9fb1-001018304b75&__scoop_topic=416336

 

 

 

Deborah Verran's insight:

This case represents the culmination of the efforts of clinical research programme into uterus transplantation in Sweden. Of note the indications for the procedure may remain limited due to the nature of the surgery required, the ability to source an appropriate donor organ and the requirement for close medical monitoring of the recipient.

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Successful Change Management: 10 Steps

Successful Change Management: 10 Steps | Organ Donation & Transplant Matters Resources | Scoop.it

 Want to see a short video on change management? This comes via Cranfield University.

 

Whilst managing change is a challenge that all organisations face at one time or another, it is never more important than in economically difficult times. Keeping afloat requires a proactive and realistic approach. These challenges are similar whether it be in business, government or in not for profit organisations?

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