Dr. Ana Lita discussed how the donation of human organs, such as hearts, kidneys, and livers can save lives. She provided information about how Texans can donate their organs for transplant, how donated organs are distributed to patients who need transplants, and how these transplants are performed. She also presented the ongoing scientific developments in cryopreservation of human organs. Organ preservation is described as the supply line for organ transplantation. Cryopreservation buys ‘time’, which is essential to organize staff and facilities, transport organs, and perform necessary laboratory tests before transplantation is performed. The ability to use the powerful effects of cooling to slow biological deterioration in organs removed from their normal physiological environment has permitted the development of modern transplant services.

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