One of the first patients in the UK to receive a heart transplant from a donor after circulatory determination of death (DCDD aka DCD), is recovering well.
Lee Hall, a 26 year old electrician, who lives with his wife and one-year-old son, developed heart failure at the age of 14. The heart failure was linked to chemotherapy Lee had received during childhood to treat leukemia. Until recently, the UK, like the US, did not recover hearts from DCDs, medically suitable hearts were only recovered from brain dead donors for transplant. A pioneering new method of organ recovery (see blog posting on March 27th) now means that surgeons in the UK can also consider hearts for transplantation from DCDs. So far, only Harefield Hospital in north-west London and Papworth Hospital in Cambridge, are the only hospitals to have conducted this type of heart transplant.Share