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DISABLED TRANSPLANT PATIENT ON RESPIRATOR.

Byline: San Francisco Examiner

The condition of a woman with Down syndrome who underwent heart-lung transplant surgery has been downgraded from fair to critical after she was unable to continue breathing on her own.

A nursing supervisor said 35-year-old Sandra Jensen was in critical but stable condition early Friday, three days after her transplant operation.

Jensen is believed to be the first severely retarded person to receive a major transplant in the United States.

Despite the Thursday afternoon downgrade in Jensen's condition, medical center spokeswoman Rosanne Spector said Jensen's vital signs remained stable, and the problems were not uncharacteristic of a transplant patient.

The nursing supervisor said Jensen had been restarted on some of her medication and put back on the respirator after she began having trouble breathing.

Jensen remains in the intensive care unit of the hospital, she said.
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Publication:Daily News (Los Angeles, CA)
Date:Jan 27, 1996
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