Transmedic Organ Care System
The purchase of the Transmedics Organ Care System and gifting to Royal Perth Hospital in 2012 has been a major success for the Foundation. The device is now located at Fiona Stanley Hospital.
The transmedic unit is a specialised piece of medical equipment for the healthy storage of hearts during transport from patient donation to transplant recipient. The equipment keeps the donated heart active and alive with blood continually pumping through it during this transplant phase. The benefit to West Australians is that a donated heart can be transported from the most remote region or large city in Australia for WA patients awaiting that promise of a new heart. It is exciting to know that this technology has the ability to increase WA’s heart donor organ pool to the whole nation.
The Foundation’s contribution of $350,000 for the organ care system was funded by donations from a heart transplant recipient, the Alcock Brown-Neaves Foundation, Apache Energy Limited and other private philanthropists, as well as from Foundation donations and fundraising monies.
This gift required the generation of the enthusiasm of the hospital and the WA Health Department to incorporate the Transmedic Organ Care System into the patient treatment program. The training and ongoing maintenance of this machine was a big commitment to be made to Western Australians by the WA Government. The Transmedic Organ Care System will always be a life giving gift to the people of Western Australia from the Heart and Lung Transplant Foundation Western Australia Inc. for every breath and every heartbeat.