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Woman Receives Smokers Lungs During Transplant

Tue, 06/15/2010 - 6:24am

(AP)  The family of a 28-year-old British woman who unknowingly received a lung transplant from a smoker says she would have been horrified, and have lodged a complaint.

Cystic fibrosis sufferer Lyndsey Scott received a double lung transplant from a donor who had smoked for three decades. She died in July of pneumonia. Britain's top transplant official defended the decision and said patients should be told they are not getting a brand new organ. He said on the BBC that lungs from a smoker can be working perfectly normal.

Scott's family called for patients to be told more information about organ donors before accepting a transplant.

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