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28 year old British resident Lyndsey Scott passed away after unknowingly receiving a lung transplant from a smoker.   Scott was a sufferer of cystic fibrosis and received the transplant in February 2009.  The donor had been a smoker for over 30 years and .  She passed away in July of 2009.

Chris Rudge, Britain’s top transplant official defended the decision and claimed that patients should be aware that they are not getting a brand new transplant.  He also said on the BBC that “lungs from a smoker can be working perfectly normally.” 

Scott’s family called for patients to be told more information about organ donors before accepting a transplant.