Pertemps has donated a huge £10,000 to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham Charity.

Tim Watts presenting cheque for Heart in a Box

The QEHB Charity is raising money to bring a revolutionary piece of equipment, commonly known as ‘Heart in a Box’, to the hospital, which would change the way heart transplants are carried out at the hospital forever.

Heart in a Box allows a donor heart to keep beating outside of the body; it is stored inside a box which keeps blood flowing through the heart. Presently, when heart transplants are carried out, the heart is kept in ice and stops beating as soon as it’s outside the body. Hearts can rapidly deteriorate in this condition.

Through Heart in a Box, hearts can be kept for longer periods of time and in a better condition. The organ doesn’t deteriorate as quickly as blood is still flowing through it. Anti-rejection drugs can even be used to increase the chances of the patient accepting the new heart before the transplant operation takes place.

Through this new technology, the number of hearts available for transplant could increase by a massive 50%, revolutionising the way heart transplants are carried out at the hospital and saving many more lives.

Pertemps supports the QEHB in its efforts to raise money to purchase the machine. They are aiming to raise £265,000 to bring Heart in a Box to the hospital and Pertemps is proud to be part of the effort to raise the funds.

The Queen Elizabeth Hospital Birmingham is one of the largest hospitals in the UK, providing medical and surgical care for patients with heart disease.  It is the largest solid organ transplantation centre in the UK, being one of only six nationwide.

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