Cystic fibrosis woman died with smoker’s donor lungs

Jennifer died in August, 16 months after receiving a donor’s lungs

A 27-year-old woman with cystic fibrosis died of cancer after she was given the donor lungs of a smoker.

Jennifer Wederell, of Hawkwell, Essex, died at home in August – 16 months after the transplant at Harefield Hospital in London.

Colin Grannell said he believes his daughter would not have agreed to the transplant had she known the middle-aged donor was a heavy smoker.

The hospital has apologised for not giving her that choice.

Jennifer had been diagnosed with cystic fibrosis at the age of two and by her mid-20s was using oxygen 24 hours a day.

She had been on the waiting list for a lung transplant for 18 months when in April 2011, she was told there had been a match.

Mr Grannell said the family had „lived all for that moment“ for years, and thought it would help Jennifer „cheat“ her condition.

She married her fiance David Wederell in September last year, but by February 2012 a malignant mass was found in her lungs.

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Quelle: BBC News – Cystic fibrosis woman died with smoker’s donor lungs


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