Salvaging infected organs for donation

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Rise in opioid deaths leads to new research aiming to remove Hepatitis C virus from donor organs that can be used for transplants

(FOX NEWS) — Toronto General Hospital is testing a technique to flush the Hepatitis C virus out of donor organs before using them for transplants.

The research was set in motion after the rise in opioid-related overdoses.

Due to needle sharing, some opioid donors pass away with intact organs contaminated by Hepatitis C, which previously have been discarded.

The new treatment keeps organs alive outside the body and pumps them with an oxygenated liquid.

Organs are exposed to ultraviolet c light that deactivates the virus and renders it non-infectious.

The therapy also gives patients an antiviral medication after transplant surgery to attack the disease before it can infect the donor recipient.

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