UCLA Performs 1st “Breathing Lung” Transplant

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WESTWOOD, Calif. (KTLA) — Doctors at UCLA have made the first successful transplant using what is called a “breathing lung.”

Last November, Fernando Padilla got the call that a pair of desperately-needed donor lungs was available.

Doctors used an experimental device designed to keep the lungs working normally during transportation.

They say the “breathing lungs” are the future of transplants.

Dr. Abbas Ardehali, director of the UCLA Transplant Program, says its “a revolutionary technology in the way that organs are now being preserved.”

“They are as close as possible as they could be left in a live state,” he explains.

The breathing lung transplant has been a success for Padilla.

The 57-year-old is doing well and says he is looking forward to spending Easter with his three grandchildren.

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