Double transplant in Stanford gives women new organs

Apr 25, 2016 7:20 PM by News Staff

STANFORD, Calif. (AP) - A rare "domino" transplant in Stanford has provided new organs to two women.

KPIX-TV reports that 52-year-old Linda Karr received 51-year-old Tammy Griffin's heart after Griffin received the heart and lungs of a deceased donor.

Griffin had cystic fibrosis and needed new lungs. Her heart was functioning fine, but was pushed out of its normal position. As such, she needed a heart and lung transplant, but she asked if she could donate her functioning heart.

Dr. Joseph Woo says domino transplants are incredibly rare and challenging. He says about 30 people were involved in the two transplant operations.

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