The human liver can live outside the body without freezing for up to three days.

Moreover, the transplant centers called this liver unsuitable for surgery, because it had

tumor, and also received it from a patient with sepsis, a bacterial infection. Three days after the removal of the liver, the researchers cleaned it and prepared it for transplantation.

A year later, the recipient was completely healthy.His transplanted liver worked fine. However, further research is needed before this approach can be widely implemented in clinical practice. But the results of the work suggest that the number of liver cells recognized as suitable for transplantation will increase.

The method the team used tosave the liver, is gaining more and more popularity in medicine. It is called ex situ normothermic perfusion. The organ is placed in a sterile environment and maintained at 37°C. This corresponds to the normal temperature of the human body.

In this environment, the body is constantly filledfluids that mimic the functions of the human body, such as hormones and blood. Such a liver was transplanted into a 62-year-old man suffering from progressive cirrhosis of the liver.

He was fully informed aboutexperimental nature of the procedure and agreed to the risks. His condition was so severe that he had almost zero chance of getting a liver transplant on time on the regular transplant schedules. As a result, the operation was successful.

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