Thursday, October 23, 2008

Organ Transplants


In Britain, just as in America, news reports have sapped confidence in the transplant business. In recent weeks, eyebrows were raised after it emerged that part of a liver obtained through the National Health Service was used for a private patient, a Kuwaiti boy, at King’s College Hospital in London. The surgeon involved was cleared of any wrongdoing after explaining that he had given most of the liver to an NHS patient, while reserving the left lobe for the boy, who was critically ill.

The need for body parts | The gap between supply and demand | The Economist

The Economist explains the increasing demand for organ transplants and the lack of supply (willing donors). Some ideas to solve this problem are gaining support such as paying donors.

I found the following history about organ transplants interesting:

The first successful transplant of a body part—a cornea—was done in Austria just over 100 years ago. It took another half-century before the first live kidney transplant, between identical twins in America. More “firsts” followed: the pancreas (in America, 1966), liver (in America, 1967), heart (South Africa, 1967), lung (Canada, 1983), hand (France, 1998), face (France, 2005) and penis (China, 2006).

Yup you got the last part right!

1 comment:

Grey said...

lol ! soon they will be adding extra inches as well ! he he !