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Michigan woman dies from COVID-19 after lung transplant

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Michigan woman dies from COVID-19 after lung transplant

A Michigan woman contracted COVID-19 and died last fall after she got a double-lung transplant from a donor who turned out to have the virus, according to a study.

The incident may be the first proven case in the U.S. in which the coronavirus was transmitted through an organ transplant, researchers say in a report published by the American Journal of Transplantation.

“We would absolutely not have used the lungs if we’d had a positive COVID test,” Dr. Daniel Kaul, director of the Transplant Infectious Disease Service at the University of Michigan Medical School and one of the co-authors of the study, told Kaiser Health News.

All the screening that we normally do and are able to do, we did,” Kaul added.

The donor was a woman from the Upper Midwest who died after suffering from a severe brain injury in a car accident.

The recipient had chronic obstructive lung disease and was operated on at University Hospital in Ann Arbor.

Nose and throat samples collected from the donor and the recipient had tested negative for COVID-19.

However, three days after the surgery, the woman developed a high fever, low blood pressure, heavy breathing and a lung infection, according to researchers.

Doctors decided to test for COVID-19 after the woman went into septic shock. Fluids taken from the lungs were also tested and the results were positive.

“History obtained from [the donor’s] family revealed no history of travel or any recent fever, cough, headache, or diarrhea,” the study says.

“It is unknown if the donor had any recent exposures to persons known or suspected to be infected with SARS-CoV-2.”

Four days after the operation, a surgeon who had handled the donor’s lungs also tested positive for the bug, but later recovered.

Meanwhile, the transplant recipient deteriorated quickly. She died 61 days after the surgery.

Kaul concluded that the Michigan case proves there needs to be more extensive sampling of organs before transplant surgery, especially in regions where there are more cases of COVID-19.

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Ohio grandmother killed by stray bullet before son’s funeral

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An Ohio grandmother was struck by a stray bullet and killed while planning her son’s funeral over the weekend, a report said.

Ruth Lewis, 89, gathered with relatives at a family member’s home in Warren when she was shot in the back around 7:30 p.m. Sunday, according to WKBN-TV.

She was pronounced dead a short time later. No other injuries were reported.

“This was a senseless death caused by a random bullet,” said Warren Mayor Doug Franklin.

“Obviously, she wasn’t the target so it’s so unfortunate, but that just goes to speak to the dangers of just having so many guns in irresponsible hands.”

Witnesses reported hearing at least five to 10 gunshots, including one who saw two cars driving away erratically from the home.

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$140 million ‘Pelosi subway’ axed from Senate COVID bill

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Guess she’ll have to take the bus.

Funding for a rail project near House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s California district that Republicans denounced as wasteful was removed Tuesday from President Biden’s $1.9 trillion COVID-19 stimulus bill.

The Senate parliamentarian ruled the $140 million appropriation wasn’t allowed under the so-called Byrd rule that polices unrelated items in budget reconciliation bills.

Republicans singled out the rail project as an example of unrelated “pork” in the bill, which is being rammed through Congress without Republican support using special rules that allow a simple majority vote in the Senate.

On Tuesday, Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyo.) ridiculed the project as Pelosi’s “tunnel of love” ahead of an anticipated vote on the package later this week.

Representatives for Pelosi, who represents San Francisco, had defended the project, saying that ridership for mass-transit plummeted during the pandemic, making it reasonable to increase government spending.

“The Senate Parliamentarian has now ruled that the BART extension from San Jose to Santa Clara does not meet the requirements of the Byrd rule because it is part of a pilot project. Therefore, it will be removed from the reconciliation package,” Pelosi spokesman Drew Hammill said.

A separate $1.5 million allocation for the Seaway International Bridge between Massena, New York, and Canada also will be removed, he said.

The Senate parliamentarian previously blocked Democrats from including a federal minimum wage hike to $15 per hour in the bill.

Hammill defended the original inclusion of the rail funds.

“COVID-19 had an immediate and overwhelming effect on all of our transportation systems and the millions of transportation and construction jobs associated with them,” he said.

“As part of the $30 billion in public transit support, the House included $1.425 billion to help dozens of major transit rail capital projects, including the BART extension from San Jose to Santa Clara.”

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A masked man was caught on surveillance video trying to break into the Malibu home of Food Network star Sandra Lee, a report said.

The footage shows the would-be thief attempting to get inside the front door of the home twice within a 20-minute period early on Feb. 11, according to People magazine.

Lee, 54, was not home at the time of the attempted break-in but has since beefed up security.

Lee “has hired full-time security and personal protection” since the incident, a source told the magazine, adding that the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department is investigating the case.

The culprit was caught on a doorbell cam trying to open a key lock box twice.

Lee did not recognize the man, People said.

The attempted break-in came one week after Lee revealed that her wardrobe included one-of-a-kind pieces that include a Bob Mackie frock that was once worn by Cher on the “Sonny and Cher Show.”

However, police said nothing appears to have been taken from the house.

Lee moved out of the Westchester County home she shared with Gov. Andrew Cuomo last year. The Food Network star has been silent amid recent sexual harassment claims against Cuomo, whom she dated for 14 years.

Lee said on social media in December that she “decided to get back to me.”

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