Medicine: Breath Of Life: A mother donates a lung

A mother donates a lung

Mothers routinely make sacrifices for their children, but what happened last week was unprecedented. In an extraordinary seven-hour operation, doctors at Stanford University Medical Center transferred part of a mother's lung to her dying 12-year-old daughter. The girl, born prematurely, had long suffered from severe scarring of the lung. She had perhaps a year to live. Dr. Vaughn Starnes, who performed the operation, says the mother, 46, should not notice the loss of one lobe of a lung. The lobe is expected to expand to fill the space in the daughter's chest created by the removal of the child's right lung.

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