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Lung transplant woman died of cancer

18th December 2012

Jennifer Wederell, a woman with cystic fibrosis, died from cancer after she was given a lung transplant from a person who was a smoker.


The 27-year-old, who died in August this year, had not been informed that the lungs came from a smoker.

The hospital which was responsible for the transplant has apologised.

The Royal Brompton and Harefield NHS Foundation Trust said: "It is very rare for patients to specify that they do not wish to be considered for clinically healthy lungs from smokers.

"This is because the risks are much higher if patients decline donor lungs from a former smoker, and decide to wait for another set of organs which are both a match for them and from a non-smoker, to become available."

The trust added that it was aware Jennifer had not been given the "opportunity" to make the choice and they had apologised.

It explained that the amount of donor lungs would drop by 40% if they refused people who smoked.

Jennifer's father has set up a Facebook group called Jennifer's Choice in order to get people who do not smoke to become organ donors.

He said: "...all the risks were explained in the hour before her transplant and not once was the fact smoker's lungs would be used mentioned. She was dying a death that was meant for someone else." 


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