Second heart transplantation in Ukraine: Another chance to save human lives
Society18:13 Oct. 17, 2016
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Another chance to save human lives

It's the second surgery for heart transplantation taking place in Ukraine

A bridge to extensive use of heart transplantation. In Kyiv's Heart Center, a 30-year old lady was given an artificial heart. This is only the second time this kind of surgery has taken place.

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The heart which cost over 100,000 EUR had been provided by the German producer on a loan basis. The money is still being collected.

The recipient of an artificial heart can live a couple of years while waiting for a heart donor.

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The specialist heart surgeon, Borys Todurov, who implanted the new heart, hopes Ukraine's parliament will adopt a law on heart transplantation providing "a presumed consent." This will allow conducting heart surgery from donors who are not relatives of the patient.

Borys Todurov, surgeon: I am begging MPs to adopt such a law.

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