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.