Skip to comments.NYC Doctors perform first ever heart transplant from an HIV-positive donor - hope breakthrough will help tame America's massive shortage of heart donations
Posted on 07/29/2022 5:02:01 PM PDT by algore
Doctors in New York City have performed the first ever heart transplant from a person who is HIV positive.
An unnamed woman in her 60s who was suffering from advanced heart failure received both a heart and kidney transplant from the same HIV-positive donor in spring, doctors at Montefiore Health in the Bronx, New York City, announced this week. The woman also had HIV herself.
Organ transplants from HIV positive donors had been banned in the U.S. until 2013. Now, they are allowed under the context of research, finding how a body will respond to the new organs.
With over 100,000 Americans waiting for a new organ - and more than a dozen people on that list dying each day - doctors are hopeful that even slightly expanding the pool of donors will allow for more lives to be saved. Matching HIV positive patients to other HIV positive donors could also allow for a more efficient use of other resources.
'This is something that has not been done before. It is part of a broader effort to use organs that have historically not been used,' Dr David Klassen, chief medical officer of the United Network for Organ Sharing told DailyMail.com.
The demand for new organs will always exceed available supply across the world. Official data shows 106,023 Americans waiting for a organ donation as of Friday afternoon.
For comparison, only around 40,000 transplants are performed every year. This leads to many people dying while awaiting a new organ - and the list of potential recipients is regularly growing as well.
Heart transplants in particular can be hard to find. Recipients must hope an eligible donor emerges whose cause of death did not damage their heart
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The recipient will get a sudden liking for show tunes.
And there is a massive supply of HIV positive donors?
That have hearts to donate?
Because they obviously have expired?
Something seems amiss here.
We ran out of pigs?
The good news? Your bum ticker is no longer a problem. The bad news? You’ve got AIDS.
If the bug chasers are gonna die, why should we live?
... to paraphrase that one airline steward who may as well have been patient zero.
But now you can pay Fauci and company for the drugs to help you fight HIV.
“The recipient will get a sudden liking for show tunes.”
More likely tap dancing.
My first question was, what could possibly go wrong?
And suddenly 2% of the populace will eliminate the shortage
for the 98%.
More examples of Fahrakan math made simpleton.
Wouldn’t the anti rejection medicine allow the AIDS virus to spread, thus rooming the patient to death anyway)
All that surgical equipment that will have to be tossed.
“And suddenly 2% of the populace will eliminate the shortage
for the 98%.”
100k is 0.03%, not 98%.
I wonder if the recipient is informed of the heart from an HIV-positive donor.
I have just given this man here on my left a new heart.
Look at him go!
Not much risk as recipient already had HIV. More probably won’t do more harm. How they handle the additional immunosuppression for the transplants may be a problem, but if they were likely to die soon from status quo, probably low on the transplant risk otherwise because of their HIV and nobody else wanted the HIV tainted organs there was little to lose directly. Might have third party payors complain about funding it.
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