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Papworth develops pioneering heart transplant surgery

This week is Organ Donation Week and to mark it Papworth Hospital invited back one of its rather special heart patients to help publicise the need for more donors.

Tom Shing was only the second patient at Papworth to receive a donor heart thanks to a new technique pioneered at the world renowned hospital.

Until recently surgeons only transplanted beating hearts from donors who had been declared 'brain stem dead' - but now they're also able to use hearts that have stopped beating when someone dies.

Stuart Leithes' report contains images of the surgical procedure.


Surgeon becomes Hospital Chairman

Professor John Wallwork Credit: ITV News Anglia

A pioneering heart and lung surgeon is to become the new Chairman of Papworth hospital.

Professor John Wallwork has spent 30 years carrying out transplant surgery and research at the Cambridgeshire hospital.

Professor Wallwork said: "I am proud and privileged to be re-joining Papworth Hospital. My main aim is to further the work of Papworth Hospital in providing the best in patient care, keeping the hospital at the forefront of research and, providing world-class education for clinical staff.

I also plan to finish the work which has taken place over the past 30 years to put the hospital in the right setting the Cambridge Biomedical Campus. Heart and lung diseases are some of the biggest killers.. and if Papworth Hospital is to stay at the forefront of new treatments.. it must move."

His appointment was confirmed by Papworth Hospital's Council of Governors after a rigorous selection procedure and his three-year term begins on 1 February 2014.


Schoolboy knocked down by bus thanks medics

Boy says thank you to Magpas team Credit: ITV News Anglia

An 11-year old boy from Cambridgeshire has said a special thank you to his school friends and the Magpas helimedix team, who helped save his life after he was knocked down by a bus.

Brandon Gravett suffered serious head injuries in the accident at Papworth. His friends called the emergency services.

Police target nuisance drivers

Nuisance drivers are being targeted in a police crackdown against anti-social gatherings in a Cambridgeshire village.

Groups of motorists have been gathering at business parks, in car parks and driving in convoys around Papworth.

Cambridgeshire Police have been running a series of operations with officers from the roads policing unit and local officers to try to stop these anti-social gatherings.

Police say the meetings are lawful but officers have the power to seize vehicles if they are used anti-socially.

Anyone who is concerned about anti-social drivers in their area is asked to call police on 101, giving details about the vehicle such as registration numbers, make and colour of vehicle and description of the driver.

Operation record for Papworth

Doctors at Papworth Hospital in Cambridgeshire have carried out a world record number of a highly complex operation that involves draining the body of blood.

Papworth is the only hospital in the UK commissioned to perform pulmonary endarterectomy operations which remove clots. They have completed 850 operations and the survival rate is nearly 98%.