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Ancient Chinese, Greek, and Roman myths and legends feature fantastic attempts of gods and healers to transplant the body organs. These stories are considered apocryphal.
However, organ transplants became possible with time. In 1869, Swiss surgeon Jacques-Louis Reverdin performed first skin transplant.
And in 1967, doctors in South Africa performed the first successful heart transplant. These unbelievable results brought medicine to another level.
Unfortunately, these days a lot of people have to wait for years for a transplant. According to the latest statistics, on average, twenty people die every day in the United States because of the lack of available organs for transplantation.
Every 15 minutes, a new patient is added to the kidney waiting list. Taking this into account, scientists decided to produce artificial organs using 3D printing.
This innovation can become an answer to donor shortages and help rescue the lives of millions of people in the future. Scientists state that there will be no need for organ transplantation in the next twenty years. All organs will be printed for patients on demand.
Here are some interesting facts about artificial organ transplant, according to Quick Fix Synthetic:
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