China completes world's first ischemia-free heart transplantation

China announced Friday that it performed the world's first ischemia-free heart transplant surgery at the First Affiliated Hospital of Sun Yet-sen University in southern China's Guangzhou. According to Professor He Xiaoshun, the inventor of the surgery, the ground-breaking technique allows the heart to continue beating with a continuous blood supply during the whole procedure. Experts say the development could reshape the current method of transplanting organs, and will greatly enhance the survival rate of recipients.

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