Freeman Hospital, Newcastle is one of only two centres in the UK performing heart transplants for babies and children. 20 paediatric lifesaving heart transplants are performed each year. Only 5 centres in the UK are using OCS Transmedics in heart transplantation. Aim to support 4 children
It ran from 12:00 PM, 28 November 2017 to 12:00 PM, 5 December 2017
Registered Charity in England and Wales (1160831)
Paediatric transplantation is risky We aim to support families and their children through the trauma of heart transplantation by funding the most innovative equipment for use by our incredibly talented Cardiologist and surgeons. Current equipment provides a 4-hour timescale to both retrieve and transplant a new heart. The new OCS equipment allows up to 24 hours. It also allows the surgeon to assess the viability of the new heart before risking transplantation .
We will provide the vital funding for disposables for 4 transplant operations. This will help with increased timescales to retrieve and transplant the donor heart that will reach the recipient beating. The donor heart can be transferred to the recipient hospital in a more relaxed fashion Technology will allow expansion of the donor pool, and consider organs that in the past would have never been considered for (donor after cardiac death).
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