Parents of a 15-year-old boy who had been thought to have died of meningitis, decided to donate his organs, so they could be used to help others waiting for organ transplant. The boy’s autopsy a month later revealed that the boy had died of a rare form of cancer that had had affected the donated organs too.

A 52-year-old man who had the boy's liver and a 36-year-old woman who received his pancreas died of the same cancer. Two more patients, men aged 46 and 64, who had received the boy’s kidneys are now undergoing chemotherapy, following kidney removal.

A month after, the boy was found to have suffered and died of anaplastic T-cell lymphoma and that his organs had been infected with the disease.
Stony Brook University Medical Centre, where the donation took place were cleared of charge after investigators found that the disease was extremely rare and very hard to diagnose.

The boy’s family was shocked after receiving the news and although patient privacy rules prevented them from contacting the organ recipients and their families, they sent their condolences publicly.