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Singer performs with donor's daughter after lung transplants in Cleveland (video)

By DAKE KANG
Associated Press

CLEVELAND (AP) - An opera singer still performing after two double lung transplants has debuted a song inspired by her lung donor's immigrant roots.

Charity Tillemann-Dick and her lung donor's daughter sang the song together in front of about 200 doctors and medical executives at a Cleveland medical summit on Tuesday.

The donor was a Honduran immigrant whose daughter aspires to be a singer. Tillermann-Dick wrote a song called "American Rainbow" to honor diversity and her connection with her donor.

Tillemann-Dick was studying opera in Hungary in 2009 when she discovered she had a heart and lung disease likely to be fatal without a lung transplant. She received new lungs in 2009 but had to undergo a second transplant in 2012 after her body rejected the first set of lungs.

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