New surgical techniques
There are 2 new surgical techniques that will hopefully increase the number of donor lungs available for donation.
Transplant after a non-heart beating donation
Most donations are from people who have died but whose heart is kept beating using life support equipment.
These are often people who have died after a long illness.
It's now also possible for lungs to be taken from a person who's died suddenly and keep their lungs "alive" for around an hour by passing oxygen into them.
The oxygen keeps the biological processes of the lungs going, which preserves them.
Ex vivo lung perfusion
Lungs can be damaged when the brain dies, before they're removed for donation.
Because of this, only 1 in 5 lungs are suitable for donation.
Ex vivo lung perfusion is a new technique designed to overcome this problem.
It involves removing the lungs from the body and placing them in a piece of equipment called a perfusion rig.
Blood, protein and nutrients are then pumped into the lungs, which repairs the damage.
The technique is still in its infancy, but hopefully it'll eventually lead to an increase in the number of lungs available for donation.