The past few days I had been doing a bit of post-transplant homework on a device I’ll need to monitor my lung function after. That’s a whole ball of wax I’ll post about in awhile. After I was done recording an episode for a podcast & talking about some of the interesting advances that had been made in transplant recently, this story happened upon my feed & I felt compelled to share.
I thought it was touching & interesting way to show how transplantation is getting creative & avoiding organs going to waste.
I’d never heard of a domino transplant, but the concept makes sense.
Take one slightly less than perfect but functional heart that was slightly compressed by deteriorating lungs & give that to a willing recipient waiting for a heart; & then take a deceased heart & lung from a donor & put those both into the woman needing double lungs. Two people who had been waiting for a chance for a long time took a risk & it paid off.
I’m happy for both of them. What an incredible story! Something a little different than your traditional exchange or living donor situation that we typically hear about, but equally important & life-saving.