John Forsythe, Med­i­cal Di­rec­tor for Or­gan Do­na­tion and Trans­plan­ta­tion at NHS Blood and Trans­plant, says,


We can’t talk about the med­i­cal his­tory of the donor or the re­cip­i­ents but we can con­firm that an in­ves­ti­ga­tion found all pro­cesses were fol­lowed cor­rectly. For all po­ten­tial donors, we care­fully check their med­i­cal his­tory and carry out new tests. If an ab­nor­mal­ity is found dur­ing or­gan re­trieval, we will run a biopsy.

Trans­plan­ta­tion needs to take place quickly and usu­ally fol­lows an un­ex­pected death. In very rare cases, it is pos­si­ble that the donor has a very small tu­mour which can­not be picked up by the tests which can be per­formed in the limited time avail­able prior to trans­plant.

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