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UK Free 'Healthcare' - 28 year old woman gets lung transplant from lifetime smoker, DIES

 
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UK Free 'Healthcare' - 28 year old woman gets lung transplant from lifetime smoker, DIES
Woman died after being given smoker's lungs

By Martha Linden, Press Association
Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Government's "transplant tsar" insisted today that organ transplants were carried out on the basis of whether they would work - after it emerged that a cystic fibrosis sufferer died after receiving the lungs of a long-term smoker.

Chris Rudge, national clinical director for transplantation, said smoking was not the "issue" in the case of cystic fibrosis sufferer Lyndsey Scott, whose family have lodged a complaint after she received a double lung transplant from a 30-year smoker.

The 28-year-old, from Wigan, underwent the double transplant at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester in January last year and died in the July from pneumonia.

Her family have said they were not told that the donor smoked - and she would have been "horrified" to discover the organs were from a smoker of 30 years.

Mr Rudge, who said he did not know the "full details" of the case, and was speaking more generally, insisted that it mattered "far more" if lungs were working properly than if they were from a smoker.

"It is nothing to do with the history of the donor, it is whether the organ is working or not, whether it is going to produce a successful transplant or not, and, in this particular case, smoking isn't the issue."

Miss Scott is said to have undergone the transplant surgery to prolong her life after her condition deteriorated.

Her family were reported to have found out that the lungs came from a long-term smoker after applying for the medical notes on the operation.

"I can honestly say she would have been horrified to have known those lungs were from a smoker and quite definitely she would have refused that operation," Allan Scott, her father, told the BBC.

"I understand that in human organs there is no such thing as a perfect organ.

"It's not like if you have something wrong with your car and your car breaks - you get a new part for that car. There are no new parts for organs, I appreciate that."

A spokeswoman for the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) said it had followed national guidelines.
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Re: UK Free 'Healthcare' - 28 year old woman gets lung transplant from lifetime smoker, DIES
horn Come get yer healthcare!
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Re: UK Free 'Healthcare' - 28 year old woman gets lung transplant from lifetime smoker, DIES
Woman died after being given smoker's lungs

By Martha Linden, Press Association
Tuesday, 15 June 2010

The Government's "transplant tsar" insisted today that organ transplants were carried out on the basis of whether they would work - after it emerged that a cystic fibrosis sufferer died after receiving the lungs of a long-term smoker.

Chris Rudge, national clinical director for transplantation, said smoking was not the "issue" in the case of cystic fibrosis sufferer Lyndsey Scott, whose family have lodged a complaint after she received a double lung transplant from a 30-year smoker.

The 28-year-old, from Wigan, underwent the double transplant at Wythenshawe Hospital in Manchester in January last year and died in the July from pneumonia.

Her family have said they were not told that the donor smoked - and she would have been "horrified" to discover the organs were from a smoker of 30 years.

Mr Rudge, who said he did not know the "full details" of the case, and was speaking more generally, insisted that it mattered "far more" if lungs were working properly than if they were from a smoker.

"It is nothing to do with the history of the donor, it is whether the organ is working or not, whether it is going to produce a successful transplant or not, and, in this particular case, smoking isn't the issue."

Miss Scott is said to have undergone the transplant surgery to prolong her life after her condition deteriorated.

Her family were reported to have found out that the lungs came from a long-term smoker after applying for the medical notes on the operation.

"I can honestly say she would have been horrified to have known those lungs were from a smoker and quite definitely she would have refused that operation," Allan Scott, her father, told the BBC.

"I understand that in human organs there is no such thing as a perfect organ.

"It's not like if you have something wrong with your car and your car breaks - you get a new part for that car. There are no new parts for organs, I appreciate that."

A spokeswoman for the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust (UHSM) said it had followed national guidelines.
[link to www.independent.co.uk]
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This is kmart blue light special health care.

I hope she at least got a reduction of cost because she recieved low standard lungs. Does not look this way.

wow! what a stupid system.
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Re: UK Free 'Healthcare' - 28 year old woman gets lung transplant from lifetime smoker, DIES
There is something seriously wrong with this picture. I worked as a case manager for donor transplants (in the US).
I know the screenings are pretty brutal. Why would a smoker of 30 years even be able to be allowed on a donor list?

Something is not right here. Or, perhaps the screening process in the UK is very different than in the states.





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