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First 'warmed liver' transplant takes place in London

15 March 2013 Last updated at 18:11 GMT

Surgeons in London have carried out the first 'warm liver' transplant using an organ which was 'kept alive' at body temperature in a machine.

Usually donor livers are kept on ice, but many become damaged as a result.

The patient, 62-year-old Ian Christie from Devon, is doing well after the operation at King's College Hospital.

The technology was developed by scientists at Oxford University who hope it could increase the number of livers available for transplant.

Fergus Walsh reports.