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A Michigan woman who had a double-lung transplant contracted COVID-19 from the donated organs and died—the first case of its kind in the United States.

Kaiser Health News reports that routine swab tests on the donor, a car-accident victim, and the recipient turned up no trace of the virus before the operation. But three days after surgery, the woman fell sick, and a test of the new lungs came up positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. The recipient died 61 days after the transplant; the surgeon also contracted COVID from the donated lungs.

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Experts say more thorough testing of lung donors may be needed going forward but that potential recipients should not turn down life-saving organs out of fear.


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