By: Sam Cohen / wxyz.com

A lung transplant procedure last fall in Michigan resulted in the death of the patient and illness of a surgeon involved from COVID-19, after both the donor and recipient initially tested negative. Doctors say this is the first documented case of a transplant recipient contracting the virus from a donor.

The lung donor was a woman from the upper midwest, according to the doctors, and had suffered a severe brain injury in a car accident in November. She quickly advanced to “brain death,” according to the report published recently, and she was tested for COVID-19 before her organs were donated.

Her family said she showed no signs of COVID-19 symptoms in the days before the accident, and had no history of travel.

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