'Heart in a Box' device used at Westchester Medical Center can restart heart, keep it alive for several hours

The Westchester Medical Center is the first hospital in the state to perform a heart transplant with this new technology called "Heart in a Box."

News 12 Staff

May 15, 2021, 12:31 AM

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A first-of-its-kind device was used recently at the Westchester Medical Center, and experts say it's a game-changer for heart transplants.
The Westchester Medical Center is the first hospital in the state to perform a heart transplant with this new technology called "Heart in a Box."
“Heart in a Box” keeps the heart beating during transport by pumping warm blood into it.
Typically, the heart is just stored in ice and can only last a few hours - and the heart can only be used for a transplant if it was beating when the donor passed away.
This means that the donor had to be brain dead.
The “Heart in a Box” can restart a heart and keep a heart alive for several hours.
It’s in clinical trials right now and was just used to transport a heart for Peter Myer.
He’s from Albany and had his transplant a few weeks ago.
He says he's happy and relieved to be alive and healthier today.
“I am very, very grateful because I have a family, I have grandchildren...you know, I have a lot of reasons to live," he says.


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