Liver Transplant Succeeds After Crash

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It's not often that one of the potential victims of a plane crash is already lying in a hospital bed when the aircraft goes down but there's a relatively happy ending to this strange story from England. A Cessna Citation carrying the pilot, one other person and a liver destined for the man in hospital clipped an airport antenna in dense fog while landing at Birmingham Airport last Friday afternoon. The plane slid to a stop on the infield and the occupants were injured, the pilot seriously. The liver, however, was unscathed.

So, while the whole-person casualties were looked after, a policeman scooped up the liver and put it on his motorcycle for the trip to the hospital, where it was pronounced healthy. About four hours later it was doing what livers do inside the patient, who was in stable condition at last report. The drama closed the airport for hours and disrupted the travel plans of about 6,000 people.