Known as a domino transplant, this unusual procedure occurs when one recipient receives a heart-lung transplant, while a second patient receives the existing heart of the heart-lung transplant recipient. Stanford has performed the domino transplant eight times, most recently in 1994.
Tammy Griffin, who received a new heart and lungs from a deceased donor, has cystic fibrosis. She needed new lungs as her lung capacity had diminished so much that she was on oxygen full time. Linda Karr, who received Griffin's heart, has a genetic heart disease that causes a dangerously abnormal heart rhythm. Joseph Woo, MD, a cardiothoracic surgeon at Stanford Health Care, oversaw and coordinated the surgical teams that conducted the complex procedure.
Watch the video to see Griffin and Karr meet for the first time in the presence of their care teams. The meeting took place at Stanford Hospital just a few weeks after their transplants, although the pair had been waiting years to receive their organs.