Controversy Surrounds Infant Heart Transplants In Hospitals

August 14, 2008

A great deal of controversy has emerged following a move by doctors in Denver, to start the practice of performing infant heart transplants, shortly after they have been pronounced dead from a cardiac-related death.........Washington (ChattahBox) – A great deal of controversy has emerged following a move by doctors in Denver, to start the practice of performing infant heart transplants, shortly after they have been pronounced dead from a cardiac-related death.

Doctors at the Children’s Hospital in Denver have been pushing to change the standard as to what to do with an infant once they have been pronounced dead.

This new move has doctors removing the heart of a dead infant within 75 seconds of the infant being pronounced dead. This has caused a great deal of controversy, as many feel that at least 4 or 5 minutes should be given.

Doctors state that if they remove it quickly, they can increase the chance of a successsful transplant.

This is because the longer the organ stays in the infant, the longer it has no oxygen and can get damaged.

This has already been done successfully through three different cases of cardiac-death transplants starting in M ay 2004.

The controversial ethical question comes as to how long doctors should wait before they go ahead and take the heart from the infant.

The three cases have been reported on in the New England Journal of Medicine.


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