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First DCD Heart Transplace in USA

In a first for America, Duke University has performed the first Donation after Death transplant of a heart. In the US, transplants have been harvested from those that have suffered brain death, but not organ death, as well as those that have died while in surgery.

This technique allows the harvesting of a heart from a donor that has been pronounced dead, whose heart has already stopped beating. The heart can be revived and transplanted — and in the UK, 40% of all heart transplants come from DCD donors.