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2 sisters get lung transplants from same donor

January 22, 2014 • National News


In this Jan. 14, 2014 photo, Anna Williamson, left, clowns around with her surgeon Dr. Matthias Loebe, second from left, as her sister Irma Myers-Santana, right, visits with her surgeon Dr. Scott Scheinin, second from right, in a hospital room in Houston. Earlier this month the sisters ended up in the same operating room, each getting one lung from the same donor. (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan)

HOUSTON (AP) — They quibble, joke and share knowing looks, finishing each other’s thoughts and making snide comments — like many sisters. But a recent heated argument was unlike any other they’ve had, and it ended in a most surprising way.

For months, 71-year-old Irma Myers-Santana and her younger sister, Anna Williamson, 69, had been debating who more urgently needed a lung transplant, each wanting the other to go first. Earlier this month, though, the sisters ended up in the same operating room, each getting one lung from the same donor in what doctors at Houston Methodist Hospital say is a first for their facility.

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