A tragic case.
A 27-year-old British woman with cystic fibrosis died after receiving a pair of smoker's lungs in an organ transplant. Her family said the woman did not know that the organ belonged to a heavy smoker until after she was diagnosed with lung cancer, according to news reports. According to the BBC, Jennifer Wederell from Hawkwell, Essex, received the life-saving transplant in April 2011 after an 18-month-long wait.
Wederell was informed early this year that she had lung cancer and that it had spread to other parts of her body. Wederell lost her battle with the disease in August -- just 16 months after receiving the lungs.
"Dying from lung cancer is very different from dying [from cystic fibrosis]," Grannell told the BBC. "She [died] a death meant for someone else."