Woman dies of cancer after receiving lung transplant from smoker

Jennifer Wederell 
By: Devansh Dutt 

(Scroll down for video) A woman died from cancer shortly after receiving a lung transplant from a donor who smoked, according to press reports.

The 27-year-old woman, was battling cystic fibrosis and clinging to life thought she got a second chance when she received a lung transplant.

The lungs were from a heavy smoker, and Jennifer Wederell of England, contracted cancer and died the following year, according to press reports.

"She was dying a death that was meant for someone else," the woman’s father, Colin Grannell, said.

He said that his daughter would have not accepted the transplant would she have known the lungs came from a smoker.

Wederell had no idea. "The immediate shock turned to anger, to the extent that all risks were explained in the hour before the transplant and not once was the fact that the lungs of smokers would be used mentioned," Grannell said.

A Facebook page describes how the woman married months before she was diagnosed with lung cancer. That's when she learned that her lungs came from someone who smoked 20 cigarettes a day.

Despite the fact that Wederell had a fighting spirit, the disease spread throughout her body.



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