Revolutionary Organ Care System ‘heart in a box’ unveiled at Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Birmingham

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Heart in a box
Heart Research UK's John Lloyd interviewed by BBC Midlands Today

It’s been called ground-breaking and allows a heart to pump outside the body. 

Now the Organ Care System, for which Heart Research UK raised £132,500, has been unveiled at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham (QEHB).

‘Heart in a box’, which the system is also known as, allows a donor heart to stay warm and beating outside of the human body during transport by pumping blood and nutrients through the heart, as opposed to keeping it in an icebox.

The revolutionary system, which cost £265,000, has been paid for by Heart Research UK and the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.

John Lloyd, Regional Executive at Heart Research UK in the Midlands, said: “The Organ Care System has the potential to allow surgeons to carry out up to 50% more heart transplants every year.

“This new technology will increase the number of suitable organs and the chance of survival for so many patients.

“Heart Research UK has always been committed to make surgery safer, and ‘heart in a box’ will help patients live healthier, happier and longer lives in the Midlands and nationwide.”

The evening event in Birmingham was attended by our Chief Executive, Barbara Harpham, our Trustees and our Midlands Regional team.

John, who had earlier in the day filmed an interview with BBC Midlands Today, gave a speech introducing the new Organ Care System.