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Bloodless Heart Transplant

<br><span lang=X-NONE>Performing surgery without using any blood!</span>

FROM CAR ACCIDENTS TO CANCER TO HEART FAILURE... EVERY TWO SECONDS, SOMEONE IN THE U-S NEEDS DONATED BLOOD FOR SURGERIES.
A NEW TECHNIQUE IS CATCHING ON ACROSS THE COUNTRY THAT DOESN'T REQUIRE ANY DONATED BLOOD.
IT'S HARD TO BELIEVE A YEAR AGO, THIS GIGGLY LITTLE GUY BARELY HAD THE ENERGY TO LAUGH.
"One of the blood tests came back, and said he had congestive heart failure."
ANDREW CRAVER'S HEART WAS SO WEAK IT COULDN'T PUMP ENOUGH BLOOD, OR GET ENOUGH OXYGEN TO HIS ORGANS. ANDREW'S ONLY OPTION: A HEART TRANSPLANT, BUT THE CRAVERS RELIGION STOOD IN THE WAY.
"We are Jehovah's Witnesses."
"One of the main tenants of the faith is the blood carries the soul, so a blood transfusion is sacrilegious."
DOCTOR MARK GALANTOWICZ AND HIS TEAM AT NATIONWIDE CHILDREN'S HOSPITAL PERFORMED A HEART TRANSPLANT WITHOUT USING A SINGLE DROP OF DONATED BLOOD, MAKING ANDREW THE YOUNGEST RECIPIENT OF A BLOODLESS HEART TRANSPLANT.
"The blood comes out of the body, goes through an artificial lung, an artificial kidney, an artificial heart, a heater, a cooler."
FIRST, MINIMAL BLOOD TESTS ARE TAKEN, WHILE HE TAKES MEDICINE TO STIMULATE RED BLOOD-CELL GROWTH. DURING SURGERY, SPECIAL MACHINES CATCH ANY EXCESS BLOOD LOSS AND RETURN IT TO THE BODY. AFTER SURGERY, THE GOAL IS TO WEAN PATIENTS OFF THE VENTILATOR AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE TO AID IN BLOOD CONSERVATION. THE BLOODLESS TRANSPLANT CAN REDUCE THE RISK OF INFECTION. BUT THERE IS AN INCREASED RISK OF CELL DEATH AND BRAIN INJURY. FOR ANDREW, THE SURGERY WAS SUCCESSFUL.
"In a few days, he was even riding his bike."
A MEDICAL FIRST THAT MAY SET THE STANDARD OF SAVING LIVES AND SAVING BLOOD.
 THE DOCTOR SAYS THE BLOODLESS TRANSPLANTS COULD EASE BLOOD SHORTAGES ACROSS THE COUNTRY AS WELL AS REDUCE INFECTION AND REJECTION RATES AND THE TIME SPENT IN THE I-C-U.
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