A transient patient developed cancer after receiving a new kidney


Pauline Hunt

A woman who says a kidney transplant has become a "death sentence" after developing cancer from a donor body requires research.

Pauline Hunt, 49, from Ayrshire, Kilmarnock, thought that she had been granted a new life charter last December when she got a new career.

But she has cancer of the lymph nodes and has been told to be too sick under chemotherapy.

The Scottish Government announced that it would like to learn from all the cases.

Hospital and organ transplantation authorities have demanded that all safety protocols be followed and that the transmission of undignified cancer is a known risk.

Pauline's original kidney transplant occurred at Glasgow's Queen Elizabeth Hospital in December 2017.

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Pauline Hunt


Pauline and her husband Gordon brought the wedding forward as a result of the news

He said that in the days he began to suffer from health issues.

Ten weeks after he was given the donating organ, Pauline told a doctor that he had a kidney removed.

The donor's second kidney recipient – a Newcastle man – had died after developing cancer.

After emergency surgery, Pauline, a former nurse, was diagnosed with lymph node cancer.

"It was like a death sentence," he said.

"I do not know how long I've had. I've eaten suffering from cancer to cancer, which should have been so healthy, that this should not have happened."


Pauline Hunt with her husband Gordo

John Forsythe, NHS Blood and Transplant organ donation and transplant physician said: "We are aware of this tragic case and our thoughts are with recipients and their families.

"We can confirm that the study found that all processes were properly followed.

"For all potential donors, we will carefully review their medical history and carry out new tests, and if abnormalities are detected during organ failure, we will do biopsy."


Transplant patients are rare to develop cancer, but there is a risk involved in the process

He said that donation and transplantation had to be done quickly and usually followed by unexpected death.

"In very rare cases it is possible that the donor has a very small tumor that can not be lifted by tests that can be performed in a limited amount before the transfer," he added.

"This means that non-diagnosed cancer is a known risk, although fortunately it is very rare."

Transfers bodies

By the end of last year, the UK had a dead donor totaling 4,099 people.

Previously, the risk of donating unaddised cancer from donor to recipient is from about 1 to 2,000 transplanted organs.

In the United Kingdom between 2001 and 2010 in the United Kingdom, 30 out of 76 patients in the United Kingdom developed donor-carcinogenic cancers, three of which died as a result.

During the same period 4 093 patients died during the transplant waiting time.

The Scottish government spokesman said it was a "very tragic case".

He said: "Despite the strict controls and experiments on donated organs by specialized medical practitioners, given the limited availability of donation and transfer, it is unfortunately impossible to alleviate any potential risk to infection.

"The Secretary of State will try to ensure that all relevant studies are conducted under the circumstances of Wright's case so that all lessons can be determined, including the review by NHS Blood and Transplant."

Glasgow and Clyde's NHS spokesman said: "The transplantation process has known risks, including malignancy, and are being discussed over a long period of time to prepare a patient for transplantation.

"In this case, our two oldest clinicians were happy to continue the move after this tight process.

"Both the patient and his family were fully aware of this study and of the result that the situation could not be anticipated and the treatment and clinical decisions were appropriate and fully compatible with the tight protocols on transplantation."


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