NATIONAL POST | Canadian MDs to restart hearts of the recently dead as new source of donor hearts

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Published: 11Jun2019

Doctors in Canada are preparing to restart the hearts of the recently declared dead, a move experts say will lead to a desperately needed new source of donor hearts.

But that raises an ethically fraught question: How can you be dead if your heart is still beating?

“The thing that people need to get their heads around is that, in order to do DCD hearts — heart transplants after the heart has stopped beating — the heart has to start beating again,” said Dr. Sam Shemie, a McGill University critical-care doctor and medical advisor for deceased donations for the Canadian Blood Services.

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