On transplants.

Mummy. Can we watch a heart transplant?

Sure! [I pull up YouTube] Hey – this is neat.

Mummy! What’s THAT?!

It’s an ex vivo heart. It’s in a box.

It’s alive – but without a person attached. The blood is pumping and the heart is ALIVE without a person! It will last longer that way on the way to the transplant.

It sure will! 

Can we watch the surgery now?

[We watch the surgery.]

We might have time for one more. Anything else you want to see?

Double-lung transplant!

Cool! [I look for a good surgery…]

Oh, wait – how about Ex Vivo lungs? DO THEY HAVE EX VIVO LUNGS?!

[I look.]

Yes, indeed they do.

Woohooooooooooooo!

Discuss.

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