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Organ donation


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Heavy smoker donates lungs and passes on cancer to recipient

19 November 2018

Two years after undergoing lung transplant surgery, a female patient developed a very aggressive form of lung cancer. It turns out that the donor—a woman in...

British national who died in Egypt is repatriated without heart or kidneys

12 November 2018

David Humphries, aged 62, was on a family holiday in the Egyptian resort of Makadi, when he sought medical advice about chest pains on 13 September 2018. On 18...

"Third hand" kidney transplanted in Taiwan

26 October 2018

Taiwanese surgeons have transplanted a kidney donated by a patient who had already undergone transplant surgery. This is known as "domino transplantation". The...

Carmat artificial heart: eleventh patient implanted

19 October 2018

A male patient has just undergone successful heart transplant surgery five months after receiving a Carmat artificial heart. Surgery was performed at the...


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