World-first quintuple organ transplant performed at Austin Health in Melbourne

HERALD SUN | Brigid OConnell
Stephanie Dundas, 26, with her parents Sue and Rob and support dog Shirley as she recovers after receiving a new liver, kidney, duodenum, pancreas and small bowel. Picture: Sarah Matray
STEPHANIE Dundas’ body was so full of other people’s DNA that even her doctors had secretly given up hope of finding a match for the five new organs needed to save her life.

A previous liver transplant and years of regular blood transfusions meant the 27-year-old carried so many antibodies she was incompatible with more than 98 per cent of potential organ donors.

But now Stephanie is recovering as the first cystic fibrosis patient in the world to receive a quintuple organ transplant, ending a two-year wait for the lifesaving delivery.

The call came just in time for the woman from the Goulburn Valley town of Yarck, who just that week planned to tell doctors she was ready to withdraw herself from the wait list and dialysis, which was keeping her alive but sapping her strength to live. Continue reading

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