Lung Transplant You'll never sing again, said her doctor. But in a story from the very edge of medical possibility, operatic soprano Charity Tillemann-Dick tells a double story of survival -- of her body, from a double lung transplant -- and of her spirit, fueled by an unwavering will to sing. A powerful story from TEDMED 2011.

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First there was the "heart in a box," a revolutionary experimental technology that allows donor hearts to be delivered to transplant recipients warm and beating rather than frozen in an ice cooler.

Now that same technology is being used to deliver "breathing lungs."

The lung transplant team at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical successfully performed the nation's first "breathing lung" transplant in mid-November. The patient, a 57-year-old who suffered from pulmonary fibrosis — a disease in which the air sacs o

The arterial anastomosis is performed with 5.0 Prolene; and the Atrium (Venous) is performed with 4.0 prolene

A team of University of Minnesota cardiothoracic transplant experts have performed the Midwest's first "breathing lung" transplant, an innovative surgical approach that utilizes technology capable of keeping donated lungs warm and breathing during transportation, keeping them healthier prior to transplant.

The double-lung procedure led by Gabriel Loor, M.D., assistant professor in the Medical School's Division of Cardiothoracic Surgery, was performed in the last week at University of Minnesota Medical Cent