Heart in a box

We investigate a new device that allows hearts and other organs to live outside the body.

Last updated: 09 May 2014 13:22
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback

Heart transplants are always a race against time. When a donor heart becomes available, medical teams must move quickly; the organ is removed and preserved by placing it on ice, and the heart must arrive at the recipient's hospital within six hours, or it may become unusable.

But now, a new medical device is keeping hearts warm and beating during transport, something that could be a major breakthrough in transplant history.

On this edition of TechKnow, Phil Torres looks at the innovation that keeps a heart beating outside the body.

In keeping with the intersection of hardware and humanity, Lindsay Moran goes to New York, where the city is rolling out six fully electric cars for a year-long test-run. Driven by veteran cab drivers, they are part of the city's ambitious plan to convert its taxi fleet to electric cars.

And finally, Kosta Grammatis goes to Colorado to meet Easton LaChappelle, a 17-year-old self-taught inventor who used a 3-D printer to create a prosthetic, robotic arm. The teenager is gaining attention around the world for the creation of the low-cost prosthetic that interfaces with the human brain.

We no longer have rights to air this episode on our website


Click here for more TechKnow


Al Jazeera
Email Article
Print Article
Share article
Send Feedback
Topics in this article
Featured on Al Jazeera
Swathes of the British electorate continue to show discontent with all things European, including immigration.
Astronomers have captured images of primordial galaxies that helped light up the cosmos after the Big Bang.
Critics assail British photographer's portrayal of indigenous people, but he says he's highlighting their plight.
As Western stars re-release 1980s charity hit, many Africans say it's a demeaning relic that can do more harm than good.
No one convicted after 58 people gunned down in cold blood in 2009 in the country's worst political mass killing.
While hosting the World Internet Conference, China tries Tiananmen activist for leaking 'state secrets' to US website.
Once staunchly anti-immigrant, some observers say the conservative US state could lead the way in documenting migrants.
NGOs say women without formal documentation are being imprisoned after giving birth in Malaysia.
Public stripping and assault of woman and rival protests thereafter highlight Kenya's gender-relations divide.
join our mailing list