Can an or­gan be trans­planted more than once?

Focus-Science and Technology - - Q & A - STEPHANIE WARD, LV

YES. SOME­TIMES PA­TIENTS will re­ceive heart or liver trans­plants but die any­way within a few weeks. In very rare cases, the do­nated or­gan was still healthy enough to be worth re-trans­plant­ing to a new pa­tient. In 2012, a 27-year old man from the US re­ceived a kid­ney trans­plant but then had it re­moved again two weeks later be­cause the dis­ease he was sufffff­fer­ing from was dam­ag­ing the kid­ney. Doc­tors res­cued it in time and gave it to a 67-year old man in­stead, and re­turned the first pa­tient to dial­y­sis treat­ment.

Scar tis­sue is a ma­jor rea­son why a lot of or­gans can’t be

trans­planted twice

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