What do you think is the most life-threatening challenge during a transplant procedure? If you consider it is blood loss or other physical trauma, then you are overthinking! Ask any medical professional, and they will answer the most life-threatening & challenging part of a transplant procedure is keeping the organ healthy and alive. The reason is, current technology is quite limited. And the methods are only able to keep human organs alive for merely a few hours.
Fortunately, things have started to change. According to the latest report, Swiss researchers have developed an incredible machine that, they say, can keep human organs alive outside the body for an entire one week. Yes, you heard that exactly right. An entire week! It's a revolution in the medical field and bringing new hope for the suffering souls.
But you might be thinking how exactly this machine can pull this kind of impossible job, right? Well, you are not asking this question alone! We did spend quite a lot of digging through documents, to understand how this miracle happens! And here's what we have found:
How it works: Even if you are not involved in the medical field, you know that our human body is unique. And the machine simulates exactly a human-like body environment. Yes, it is not science fiction anymore!
Scientists have found that this machine re-creates a level of body pressure and pumps oxygen, blood, and nutrients to the organ-like our natural body does. All of these can be done with the help of state art algorithms. The machine is programmed to keep a sharp eye on the vitals of the organ 24/7. And, all of these, doesn't need any human physical supervision. Isn't it incredible?
The history and human trials: The advent of this machine didn't happen in a single day. In fact, the incredible team from the University of Zurich in Switzerland has been involved in the development process for almost four years. In the initial days, they were running trials on pig livers. However, they began the human organ trial quite recently with 10 damaged human livers. Six of these livers lived through and found to be much healthier!
The potential: The way we see it, the potential of this machine is incredible. Because the technology we have right now is limited and can store organs only for 24 hours. Hence, a machine that can preserve an organ up to 7 days can show new hope to every transplant patient and his/ her family and loved ones. Beside this, this system can be used to tackle a range of diseases. The system could also offer new approaches to tackling a range of diseases. For instance, a patient suffering from liver cancer can remove a healthy section of their liver has it grown using the machine, and then reimplanted with the residual harmful liver removed.
The bottom line
The researchers are still working hard for their practical application. Yes, this machine isn’t quite ready to use for transplantation yet. But, with the help of the University Hospital of Zurich, humankind as a whole has already taken a step toward and now we have to wait for another!