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What happens in a heart transplant to the donor?
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2 doctors agree
In brief: Most are buried
Heart transplants are done using hearts from patient that have become brain dead.
After organ removal the bodies may or may not require an autopsy; this is up to the local medical examiner. Later they are buried or cremated depending on the wishes of the family.

In brief: Most are buried
Heart transplants are done using hearts from patient that have become brain dead.
After organ removal the bodies may or may not require an autopsy; this is up to the local medical examiner. Later they are buried or cremated depending on the wishes of the family.
Dr. Stuart Flechner
Dr. Stuart Flechner
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Dr. Louis Grenzer
Internal Medicine - Cardiology
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Donor dies
Well the donor is someone who is brain dead and has no chance of recovery.
The donor would die when the heart is removed.

In brief: Donor dies
Well the donor is someone who is brain dead and has no chance of recovery.
The donor would die when the heart is removed.
Dr. Louis Grenzer
Dr. Louis Grenzer
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Dr. Amy Friedman
Surgery - Transplant
In brief: The donor has died
Heart transplantation depends on donation of a healthy heart from a human being who has died from other causes.

In brief: The donor has died
Heart transplantation depends on donation of a healthy heart from a human being who has died from other causes.
Dr. Amy Friedman
Dr. Amy Friedman
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