London, August 15 (ANI): British surgeons have set a new transplant record by carrying out five operations in less than 24 hours.
Surgeons Darius Mirza, Khalid Sharif, Paolo Muiesan and Simon Bramell along with a team of consultants hit a European first with the stomach, pancreas, bowel and liver transplants.
The combination of transplants included a rare "domino" transplant, in which one patient received an organ from a dead donor and donated her organ to another.
"I wish we could do more domino transplants. In the UK the organ donor rate is one of the lowest in Europe. People are not as generous as they used to be," the Daily Express quoted Mirza as saying.
Mum-of-two Sandie Lee Smith, from Cheltenham, received half a liver from a deceased donor and eight-month-old Lubaya Turpin, the youngest recipient, got the second half.
Sandie has a rare condition in which her body was causing toxins to accumulate in her liver so it was transferred to cancer-sufferer Sean O'Brien, from Taunton, Somerset.
An 11-year-old boy also received organ transplant and another 14-year-old from Bradford, received liver, bowels and pancreas from a second donor. (ANI)