Hearts From the Dead Transplanted into Living Patients

By Gary Cutlack on at

Hearts from people that have been "dead" for up to 20 minutes have been used in transplant operations for the first time, with the resuscitated meat pumps replacing the need to keep organs alive throughout the operations.

Doctors at St Vincent's HospitalĀ in Sydney say they've successfully taken hearts from dead people and brought them back to life (via the immense power of a lightning strike at the stroke of midnight), implanting them into the bodies of three extremely grateful new hosts.

If this can become a thing, it means the pool of potential organs available for transplant will increase massively, a move that a spokesperson from the hospital's heart surgery team says heralds a "paradigm shift" in the heart-swapping world. [Mashable]