A medical first in Martinique

A heart taken from a man in Martinique was transplanted into another in France. This feat is a first.



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West Indian patients will now be able to benefit from heart transplants, by being treated in the West Indies. "Now hearts can live outside the chest, both from the donor and the recipient, for a dozen hours", explains Professor François Roques, cardiac surgeon at Fort-de-France University Hospital.  (UCHAR / E+ / GETTY IMAGES)

This heart transplant was carried out in January, and was revealed this week. Until now, the 8 hours of flights that separate the Antilles from mainland France prevented this type of operation from being considered. Now it is possible, thanks to a system that oxygenates the heart and extends its life by several hours. A revolution in the transport of this organ, which will be very useful to the West Indians. Explanations from Professor François Roques, cardiac surgeon at Fort-de-France University Hospital, interviewed by Pierre-Yves Honoré of Martinique the 1st.

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