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FDA approves lung preservation machine

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Federal health regulators have approved a novel device that can preserve donated lungs outside the body for possible transplantation into critically ill patients.

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Dr. Christian Bermudez of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center checking patient Jon Sacker, who was being treated with an experimental device called the Hemolung that acts like dialysis for lungs.  (AP Photo/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)
Dr. Christian Bermudez of the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center checking patient Jon Sacker, who was being treated with an experimental device called the Hemolung that acts like dialysis for lungs. (AP Photo/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center)
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Unapproved device buys time for new pair of lungs

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Jon Sacker was near death, too sick for doctors to attempt the double lung transplant he so desperately needed. His only chance: An experimental machine that essentially works like dialysis for the lungs.

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Philly-Area Girl Doing Well After 2nd Lung Transplant

A 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose parents sued to challenge national lung transplant rules has received a second set of lungs after the first failed, and her family says she's taken some breaths on her own.

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Philly-Area Girl Improving After Lung Transplant

The mother of a 10-year-old Pennsylvania girl whose efforts to qualify for an organ donation led to debate over how organs are allocated says she's improving after her double-lung transplant.

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