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What happens after I've been evaluated for a lung transplant?

People that decide to pursue a lung transplant are placed on a waiting list. Being "placed on the list" means their names and certain medical information are entered into the national database overseen by the United Network for Organ Sharing (UNOS).

When a lung donor is identified, a group of surgeons evaluate the lungs. Because of time constraints, people are called in to the hospital before the inspection is completed. If the donor lungs meet transplant criteria, the transplant surgery proceeds. But if for any reason the lungs are determined to be unsuitable, the surgery is cancelled.

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