The culmination of many years of hard work and research has resulted in successful lung transplantation after keeping the donor lung viable, warm and in some cases medically reworked to improve its function in a process that is just now receiving FDA approval here in the US. This process is called “Ex vivo” and is explained in the video below.

When we consider that only about 15% of donated lungs reportedly are viable for transplant, this now proven process of repairing lungs in transit, with up to 24 hours of organ recovery time available to test and treat that lung, may dramatically increase the number of lungs actually transplanted. Some feel this may in fact eliminate the current UNOS wait list for a lung transplant!

Watch and be amazed at this remarkable talk that shows an actual lung (albeit a pig’s in this example) being maintained outside the body in this TEDMED talk . . .