A 13-year-old boy was taken off a respirator and chatted with his mother Friday, one day after his lungs were removed and replaced with one lung lobe from each of his parents, officials said.
Chad Morris was doing very well but remained in critical condition because of the severity of the transplant surgery he underwent Thursday at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, spokeswoman Satenique Squires said.
His parents, Gary Morris, 39, and Colleen Morris, 38, were listed in excellent condition at USC's University Hospital, said Lisa Leonard, cardiothoracic transplant program coordinator.
When Chad spoke briefly by telephone with his mother Friday morning, "he told me he loved me and I told him I loved him," Colleen Morris said.
Chad received the transplant because his lungs had been ravaged by cystic fibrosis.