Unprecedented Medical Case Shows How 4 People Got Cancer from Just One Organ Donor

September 19, 2018

(Science Alert) – It’s a devastating case that serves as the medical warning we didn’t even know we needed. An organ donor didn’t just pass on her kidneys, lungs, liver, and heart to five desperate recipients – she also unknowingly bequeathed her undetected, malignant cancer at the same time. In doing so, this insidious transmission – which scientists only discovered months later – ended up killing three of the patients, researchers report in what they describe as an unprecedented, “extraordinary case”.

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