WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A 53-year-old woman who died from a stroke donated her liver, heart, lungs and kidneys to patients who were waiting for organ transplant.
- The recipients were so happy to finally have a chance to prolong their lives.
- After six years, four of the six recipients died due to breast cancer, which reports said they got from their donor.
After passing from a stroke in 2007, a 53-year-old female donated her liver, heart, lungs and kidneys to five patients. The doctors had no idea back then that the woman had cancerous cells in her vital organs.
The American Journal of Transplantation reported that out of the five recipients, four died within six years after receiving the organs.
Three of them died of breast cancer while the heart patient died of sepsis, which happens when the body causes injury to its own organs in dealing with an infection.
Specialists said the chances of getting cancer from a sole organ transplant are as slim as 1 in 10,000.
The University of Tübingen in Germany and VU University Medical Center in Amsterdam exposed this case.
The first patient to get ill from the transplant was a woman, 42, who received both lungs. She died of lung cancer which spread to her bones and liver in 2009.
Health experts immediately conducted tests on a woman, 62, who received the left kidney and the man, 32, who got the right one.
The woman died two months after she was diagnosed with liver cancer in 2014, while the man miraculously survived.
The liver recipient was the third death reported. The woman, 59, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011 and succumbed to the disease in 2014.
Though the metastasis begins elsewhere, the disease is declared as breast cancer because that is where it originated.
The American Journal of Transplantation reports that “extraordinary case points out the often fatal consequences of donor-derived breast cancer and suggests that removal of the donor organ and restoration of immunity can induce complete remission.”
Source: New York Post