The first of its kind operation: in Chicago, doctors transplanted both lungs to a patient who had had COVID-19
Last week in Chicago, Illinois, a woman with COVID-19 underwent a double lung transplant, which is believed to be the first of its kind to have a patient with this virus. Writes about it Fox News.
A woman who is a little older than 20 years old and otherwise healthy is still on mechanical ventilation, but she shows signs of improvement. Surgeons at the Northwest Memorial Hospital said her lungs were in terrible condition.
The 10-hour operation was very difficult because the virus left her lungs full of holes. Doctors blame it on inflammation due to coronavirus infection.
“I want to emphasize that this is not suitable for every COVID patient,” commented Dr. Ankit Bharat, surgeon. “We are talking about patients who are relatively young with minimal or no comorbidities, lung damage, and who cannot breathe without a ventilator.”
The report says that the patient has a long way to go to recover. Bharat said that the woman was taken to the hospital in April, they watched her condition and decided that her body alone could not restore her lungs.
“The whole team felt that it was very difficult to let someone go without trying to do everything possible,” he explained.
Dr. Beth Malsin, a specialist in pulmonary and intensive care at the hospital, emphasized: “For many days she was the sickest person. Day and night, our team had to respond quickly to help her and support her other organs and make sure that they were healthy enough to support the transplant, if and when the opportunity arises. One of the most exciting moments was when the first coronavirus test turned out to be negative, and we had a sign that she might have survived the virus in order to be eligible for a life-saving transplant. ”
Some cities in the US are gearing up to increase the number of people infected due to the gradual opening of the country and recent protests over the death of George Floyd.
Dr. Anthony Fauci, head of the Institute of Allergology and Infectious Diseases, recently said the threat from the virus is far from over.
According to the Associated Press, incidence is rising in almost half of the states, and this alarming trend may increase as people return to work and go out.
“This is a disaster that is spreading,” said Dr. Jay Butler, who oversees coronavirus response at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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