Invent the machine that keeps the liver out of the body for 7 days
Zurich: Experts in Switzerland have developed a machine that can not only repair the injured human liver but also keep it out of the body for a week. In this way, the machine can create a new revolution in the field of liver treatment and transplantation.
To be clear, the liver is the most important organ of our body, also known as the "warehouse of the human body." But it is also a very sensitive organ that can be kept alive for only a few hours after being removed from the human body. This is the reason why progress in fields such as liver donation and transplantation has been very slow to date.
Keeping the human liver alive and safe outside the body for up to a week directly means that not only will liver donations accumulate in the coming years, but it will benefit millions of patients with the liver disease every year. ۔
According to the World Health Organization, there are a total of 100,800 operations per year of transplants or "transplants" of which 20200 are liver transplants. Only 14.6% of these liver transplants are from deceased persons who are dying to donate their organs after death.
Regardless of the donation, doctors only have a few hours for liver transplantation and transplantation.
The machine was invented by a large team of experts from the University of Zurich, Switzerland. Basically, this machine is a complex system that (after being expelled from the body) continues to circulate blood in the liver almost as it does in the real human body.
As a result, the liver has a chance to survive outside the human body for up to a week. During this time the liver wounds can be repaired, the excess fat stored in the liver can be cleansed, and the liver may be partially enlarged.
For the machine tested, 10 human liver were obtained which were rejected by every transplant hospital in Europe saying that they were completely damaged. The machine had 6 of these 10 livers fully restored within a week. However, they have not been implanted in humans.
The next step will be to experiment with this machine's cleansing and repairing liver transplant into the human body. However, this would be a sensible step, so medical institutions in Switzerland and Europe will allow a limited amount of human experimentation only after reviewing prior experience from all aspects.
Details of this invention have been published online in the latest issue of "Nature Biotechnology" and are available free of charge to the general public.