posted on Apr, 17 2010 @ 11:43 AM
In my line of work, I see people that are brain dead who have their organs harvested for donations. You can only harvest organs from people that are
clinically brain dead.
It is extremely time consuming, and all of the details have to be worked out intensely, very quickly, and with every detail to perfection. Once the
death pronouncement is made, the body begins to die itself rather rapidly.
The time frame is literally hours until organs one by one become unuseable, depending on the physical state of the body and the drugs needed to
People who are recipients have to be contacted and moved to hospitals, organ flights from all over the city/state/country have to organize and come to
the state and travel to the hospital to receive these organs. Time is of the essence both in preparing the physical body being kept alive by life
support, drugs, and a team of doctors.
The harvesting itself is very complicated and a team also does this.
Organs have only a small window of opportunity, literally only hours, until the useable tissues' time expires. Anything that can prolong this time
window making it possible that someone receive lifegiving organs is a wonder and a gift.
Some people can benefit from one lung, some people need both. As of now, the preferred way is to do them at the same time, and almost always in
conjunction with the heart. That leaves a 4 hour window, from the time the organs are removed to the time they *must* be implanted and filled with
blood and nutrients again. Even then, there is no guarantee that the organs will live in the recipients' body.
Either way, being able to do anything to extend that time can only be of benefit. Lots of people die every day because time was the only thing that
stood in their way of having life over death.