Donated organs could be preserved with new machine

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“I am feeling 110 percent better than I was before the surgery. My surgery was a few days before Thanksgiving, and I had a full Thanksgiving meal,” Hamilton said with enthusiasm.

Doctors believe a large part of his recovery is thanks to how the donated liver was stored while waiting to be placed in Hamilton’s body.

“Within 12 hours after the surgery he was extubated and seated in a chair giving the thumbs up – something that we don’t see very often,” said Dr. Martin Montenovo, UW Medicine transplant surgeon.

Hamilton is also amazed at how his own body is responding. He says he hasn’t seen his nails so pink or his skin glow since he contracted Hepatitis C. He says he feels like he’s been reborn.

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