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Christian Bermudez, M.D., checks on Jon Sacker, of Moore, Oklahoma, who became the first patient in the U.S. to be placed on the Hemolung RAS earlier this year before receiving a double lung transplant.​

​The Hemolung RAS removed carbon dioxide from Jon Sacker’s lungs and delivered oxygen directly to his blood, enabling him to be healthy enough for a double lung transplant.

​Jon Sacker was placed on the Hemolung RAS earlier this year when he became too ill for a double lung transplant.

​Jon Sacker, seen here on the Hemolung RAS, came to Pittsburgh from his home in Oklahoma after rejecting his transplanted lungs and in need of a second transplant.


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