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Each year about 17100 lung transplants are performed in the United States that number to be a lot higher.
But a very small amount of donor organs are suitable for transplant.
Right now we're only able to use about 20% or so longs from those donors.
So obviously that limits.
How many patients we can transplants and there are still patients who die.
Waiting to get organs.
I'm on the waiting list.
Doctor Kenneth the -- program and surgical director of heart and lung transplantation at the Cleveland clinic says.
And water in the donor lungs and make them unusable.
Doctors believe many of those loans can be revived.
And eventually used to save patients' lives.
It is wrapped -- to a -- uses and miniature heart lung machine to pull solutions and oxygen through the lungs bringing them back to life.
Of all of the organs that we've taken to our lab and and used on our machines -- resuscitate.
About fifteen to 60%.
Of those after a few hours have improved to the point that.
That we think they couldn't transfer.
It takes between two to six hours for the longs to be -- generated.
Right now this process is still experimental.
Deductible current hopes it will become an FDA approved some -- -- 2013.
Other countries like Canada are using similar technology and transplanting the restored loans with success -- Dr.
Manny Fox News.
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