Help make more life-saving heart transplants possible

With your support today, spider venom research will progress to clinical trials

Every transplant is a race against time to get the heart to a matched recipient. Using a drug, derived from the venom of the lethal funnel web spider, could help us extend the time we have to complete the surgery and improve the quality of the hearts that are being transplanted. This means more transplants worldwide and better recovery for patients. Watch the video below to find out more.

“I asked, ‘How long have I got if I don’t have this transplant?’ and they said I had 18 months at best. My little boy was just three years old.” – Victoria

Behind every name on the heart transplant waiting list is a person with hopes, dreams, and people who love them.

Five years ago, Victoria was one of them. A young mum living with severe heart failure while in a terrifying life-and-death race for a new heart.

Waiting for a heart transplant is a life-and-death race against the clock. Remarkably, the venom of the deadly funnel web spider could play a life-saving role in this high stakes race.

Victoria with her three year old son Onyx after her heart transplant five years ago

We urgently need to progress this ground-breaking research to clinical trials and prevent more lives being lost. Your gift today will help give up to 30 percent more people like Victoria access to life-saving transplants.

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