This Box Beats with Life

More than 3,000 Americans are on the waiting list for a new heart, anxiously enduring the days and weeks until they get the news that a compatible donor has been found.

But if and when that miraculous call does come, the organ has to make a hasty trip from the donor’s body to wherever the recipient is located, usually packed within a bed of ice inside a commonplace cooler. It’s a high-stress journey that makes this complicated operation all the more risky.

But a new study led by UCLA’s Heart Transplant Program has led to the development of an experimental device that keeps the heart warm and beating during transport, potentially improving the success rate of surgical transplantations. In “Prime: Cuts – Heart in a Box,” you’ll see this breathtaking bit of machinery in action and visit with two patients, each beneficiaries of this promising new technology.

Don’t miss this research in action!