Donated organs could be preserved with new machine

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Hamilton’s family did not know his sister was an organ donor till after she died. He encourages everyone to become a donor and hopes his story inspires others.

“Liver patients that are on the list waiting but there is help out there, especially with this new technology, there’s help out there. Don’t give up hope,” said Hamilton.

Right now, UW preforms 100 adult liver transplants per year. They hope the machine would allow them to do 20 to 30 more liver transplants yearly. In addition, there is some evidence the machine could rehabilitate previously unusable fatty livers by removing the fat, thus saving the donated liver from having to be discarded.

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