Doubly Blessed: Mt. Sterling Patient is OSU's First Lung-kidney Transplant
A lung-kidney transplant is a rare thing. There had been only 37 since 1995, and none in Ohio, according to data from the Organ Procurement and Transplantation Network. This would be a first for Ohio State University's Wexner Medical Center. "The majority of people who require lung transplants are not expected to have kidney disease," said Dr. David Klassen, chief medical officer for the United Network for Organ Sharing. "I think transplant programs are cautious — combining lung and kidney ups the complexity." But a new lung wasn't going to help (Scott) Hamilton much if his kidneys were toast. He ended up on transplant lists for both organs, and two days after that first false alarm, he got a late-night call from Wexner Medical Center Lung Transplant Coordinator Tonya Yurjevic. Drs. Ashraf El-Hinnawi and Bryan Whitson appear in an accompanying photograph with the patient. This story resulted from pitching efforts by OSU Wexner Medical Center Public Affairs and Media Relations.