10 Unbelievable Organ Transplant Stories
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1The woman who received a kidney from her husband's lover
During this time, Avcı's husband, Mehmet Avcı, met another woman, Ayşe İmdat. The husband moved İmdat into his mother's home, disguising her as the babysitter for the couple's son. When Meliha Avcı learned about her husband's adultery, she pleaded that he and İmdat marry after she died.
After the three came from the Central Anatolian province of Nevşehir to Istanbul for surgery, İmdat insisted that she donate a kidney to save Avcı. “We shared a husband, and now we shared a kidney,” said the patient. İmdat promised to continue taking care of Meliha Avcı after the surgery.
2The man who donated an organ to his brother on the condition he stop cheering for arch-rival team
Paul, who had the transplant to fight lymphatic leukemia, was philosophical about the switch between the fiercely competitive teams. 'I was really lucky that Martin's cells matched,' said Paul. 'But he had to be a Reds supporter, didn't he?'
3The girl who had her hand attached to her leg for three months
4The man who had to cut off his transplanted penis because his wife didn't like it
Doctors spent 15 hours attaching a 10-centimetre penis to the 44-year-old man after the parents of a brain-dead man half his age agreed to donate their son's organ. After 10 days, tests revealed the organ had a good blood supply and the man was able to urinate normally.
Although the operation was a surgical success, surgeons said they had to remove the penis two weeks later. "Because of a severe psychological problem of the recipient and his wife, the transplanted penis regretfully had to be cut off," Dr Hu said. An examination of the organ showed no signs of it being rejected by the body, he said.
NOTE: Doctors have previously succeeded in reuniting men with their sexual organs after traumatic accidents or attacks, but this operation was the first in which a donor penis had successfully been attached to another man.
5The man donated a kidney to his favorite cashier
This story sure takes customer loyalty to a new level.
6The patient who survived after receiving fecal implant from husband
7Daughter set to give birth from her own mother's womb after world's first transplant
The surgery, which is scheduled in the spring of 2012, is not the first attempt to transplant a uterus. Another attempt in 2000 by Saudi doctors was initially successful, but the transplanted uterus was removed four months later due to complications. The surgery is apparently ridiculously complicated and involves connecting tiny blood vessels from the ovaries to the transplanted uterus. Even if the surgery is successful, doctors are unsure whether the transplanted uterus would be able to stretch and deliver enough blood to sustain life.
8The husband asked his cheating wife for his kidney back after divorce
The heartbroken doctor requested the one-time love of his life to pay $1.5 million for the organ he donated. He insisted his cash-for-kidney claim was a direct result of his wife's behavior.
9The teenager whose blood type changed after having a transplant
After a virus destroyed her liver, doctors gave her just 48 hours to live when a donated liver became available. With only hours to spare, Demi-Lee had a 10-hour operation and was started on a cocktail of immuno-suppressant drugs, the standard fare for transplant patients to ensure their bodies do not reject the donated organ. Nine months later, when her condition worsened and she was readmitted, doctors were shocked to find that her blood type had changed. The head of hematology, Julie Curtin, said she was stunned when she realized Demi-Lee was now O-positive, rather than O-negative.
10The teenager girl who already has had three hearts
The teenager, from Belchford in Lincolnshire, had her second heart transplant after her 15th birthday. Debbie said her experience had inspired her to work towards becoming a pediatric nurse.
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