Theoperation was a success, and last autumn an overjoyed Jennifer Wederell walkeddown the aisle to marry her boyfriend of four years, David.
Less than a year later, Mrs Wederellwas dead, killed by cancer which her family are certain came from the donatedlungs – which they found out, too late, had belonged to a 20-a-day smoker.
Mr Wederell says there is no waythat his wife, who died in August at the age of 27, would ever have agreed tothe transplant had she known the lungs came from a smoker.
Along with his wife’s parents, MrWederell, 28, is now campaigning for more non-smokers to register as organdonors, to prevent other families going through the same agony.
While it is easy to assume that onlypristine organs are used in transplants, a severe shortage of donors means thatalmost 40 per cent of lungs used in the operations come from donors who havesmoked. Research shows that a seriously ill patient is much more likely to diefrom turning down a transplant than from accepting lungs donated by a smoker.