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1 Year Since Rare Transplant In St. Louis

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Photo: KMOX/Michael Calhoun

Photo: KMOX/Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (AP) — Doctors at the Washington University and Barnes-Jewish Transplant Center in St. Louis are marking a milestone.

On Aug. 16, 2012, 34-year-old William Drabant II of Baldwin City, Kan., became the first adult to receive a combination liver-double lung transplant at the center. Only 56 of the surgeries have been performed in the U.S.

Drabant was returning to the St. Louis center on Wednesday to celebrate the one-year anniversary with surgeons, transplant coordinators and others who helped him.

Drabant has had cystic fibrosis since birth. The center says he is doing well since the transplant, playing sports and being active with his young daughter.

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