U of M Patient Gets Double-Lung Transplant

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A University of Michigan patient whose double-lung transplant operation was stopped after a plane carrying donor organs crashed has received a second set of lungs.

Officials say the 50-year-old man is in critical condition at University Hospital after the more than seven-hour surgery that ended early yesterday morning. His name wasn't being released at the family's request.

Surgeons said this morning the patient was "significantly improved."

Officials learned late Tuesday another set of donor organs was available. They were transported by charter plane from the donor hospital to Willow Run Airport near Ypsilanti.

Six members of the university's Survival Flight Team were killed in Monday's crash into Lake Michigan near Milwaukee.

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