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First successful organ donation from newborn is carried out in UK

BMJ 2015; 350 doi: (Published 20 January 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;350:h348
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1The BMJ

Doctors at Hammersmith Hospital in London have reported the United Kingdom’s first successful organ donation from a newborn baby who had died shortly after birth.

One recipient with renal failure received kidneys, and another was given a transfusion of hepatocytes taken from the baby girl, the doctors wrote in the Archives of Disease in Childhood Fetal and Neonatal Edition.1

The donor was born at term after an emergency caesarean section in the neonatal unit of Hammersmith Hospital. She weighed just …

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