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Sisters Anna and Irma have bickered over many things, even who should get a lung transplant first.

"It was really painful to watch her cough," says Irma Myers.

"I could live with the coughing, but she couldn't live without the oxygen," says Anna Williamson.

The siblings suffer from a condition that scars the lungs. The Jehovah Witnesses moved from California to Texas so they could undergo a bloodless transplant at Houston Methodist Hospital once donor lungs became available.

The good news came earlier this month - a match. For both Anna and Irma. Each sister would get one lung from the same donor… a first for the hospital.

"How we find a lung for somebody aside from their sickness is based on their blood type and their height. It just so happened they have the same blood type, they are about the same size," says Dr. Scott Scheinin.

Track doctors say the rare match came at a critical time.

"Chances are, they both wouldn't have made it the next 60 to 90 days."

"That bad?"

"Oh yeah."

Irma and Anna are not only breathing much easier now.. they're also able to do something they both love again… sing.

"We became triple times closer," says Anna.

"We both got a lung we each wanted the other to have," says Irma.

In a few months they plan to go back to California and serenade their family for years to come.

Houston Methodist Hospital is the only facility in the country that does bloodless transplants.

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