Thank you ❤️

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Friday 15th to Sunday 17th November

Boiler’s broken again. We’re all freezing 🥶 No heating, no hot water ☹️ Tough times.

Ever wondered what goes into retrieving an organ for transplant? (I know it’s heart and lungs but it’s still interesting!)

I saw this from the Royal Papworth Hospital, which is one of the largest specialist cardiothoracic (heart and lung) hospitals in Europe and includes the UK’s main heart and lung transplant centre.

“Some of our National Organ Retrieval Service (NORS) team take on the #TetrisChallenge to show all of the kit required for retrieving a heart or lungs (sometimes both) from an organ donor. In this picture we have:

❤️ An OCS (Organ Care System) heart machine and an OCS lung machine – transports the donated organ

❄️ Ice boxes – to cool and protect the organ

💉 A cell saver – enables patients to receive their own blood back during surgery

⚡️ Defibrillators

👨🏽‍⚕️ Scrub box – for the scrub nurse

❤️ TOE (transoesophageal echocardiogram) probe – provides an ultrasound scan of the heart

👩‍⚕️ DCP box – for the donor care physiologist

👨🏽‍⚕️TP box – for the theatre practitioner

💊 Medication box

🧰 Roadside bag

🚑 As well as ambulance driver, Transplant Coordinator, Theatre Practitioner and Senior Staff Nurse.

Once we get notified that there is potentially a suitable heart or lung – altruistically donated by an individual and their loved ones – for a patient on our heart or lung transplant waiting lists we deploy this team, and a surgeon, to retrieve and inspect the organ. If the organ is assessed and deemed to be of good enough quality, it will be brought back ready to be transplanted into the grateful recipient at Royal Papworth Hospital.

P.S. We didn’t have enough time to unpack each of the boxes – sorry 😅”

And now have a read of Cora’s story (I will just warn you that the video shown is very difficult to watch 🥺) It’s always amazing when families have the courage to agree to organ donation at such an incredibly tough time.

Thank you to ALL organ donors and their families ❤️

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