Medicine: The Liver Machine

Shortly after an English couple finished a hearty breakfast in Guernsey last month, both went into comas; the fried mushrooms they had eaten were of the poisonous variety known as death cup. Flown to King's College Hospital in London, they were rushed to a section called the liver research unit, where the husband came out of his coma. But the wife's condition worsened, and doctors decided to connect her circulatory system to the only artificial "liver machine" in the world. Four days later, after being close to death from acute liver poisoning, she regained consciousness and went on to make...

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