A liver transplant operation put in jeopardy when a private jet carrying the donor organ crashed on a British airport runway went ahead successfully last night, a hospital said today.
The liver was on board a Cessna that crash-landed on the tarmac in foggy conditions at Birmingham Airport yesterday.
Two men on board were injured, one critically, but the donor organ was taken to the nearby Queen Elizabeth Hospital, despite the wreckage of the light aircraft catching fire.
Today a spokeswoman for the hospital said: “A successful liver transplant was carried out last night at the QEHB.
“The recipient is stable, as would be expected at this time. Due to patient confidentiality no more details about the patient will be released.”
She said the operation was the sixth liver transplant in five days at the hospital.
“The operation took under four hours and was carried out by three surgeons, an anaesthetist, a scrub nurse and a team of skilled theatre staff,” she added.
“The transplant team would like to thank the pilot of the light aircraft and his colleague for their bravery. Our thoughts are with the individuals and their families.
“The team would also like to thank the quick-thinking of the fire and rescue teams at the scene who saved the organ.”