Heart-in-a-box: transporting a live, beating heart to transplant patients

Summary:It's one of the most unreal things you're ever going to see, outside of a horror movie, and yet, it's surprisingly not gross.

Okay, this one is going to take some getting used to. About halfway through the video you're about to watch, you'll see a technician -- standing in a garage -- open what looks like a kitchen food contain. Inside the container is a heart... and it's beating!

It's one of the most unreal things you're ever going to see, outside of a horror movie. But in this case, it's real, and it may save lives. Removed hearts destined for transplants have a time-to-live and they often can't make it from donor to recipient. This new technology from UCLA may vastly extend that technology -- and give horror film makers entirely new plots for their movies.

Go ahead and watch the video. It's surprisingly not gross.

Go ahead and post your comments below. I'm not going to encourage you to compare this to your favorite horror movies, but if you feel inspired, you're welcome to share.

Topics: Health

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Denise Amrich is a Registered Nurse who also has 20 years of operations, logistics, and editorial management experience. She is the health care advisor for the U.S. Strategic Perspective Institute, and a mentor for the Virtual Campus at Florida's Brevard Community College.Denise co-founded ZATZ Publishing, and has been the managing editor... Full Bio

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