First double lung transplant performed in USA for patient who had COVID-19
A 28-year-old woman with severe lung damage from the coronavirus underwent a double lung transplant on 5th June 2020 at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago, USA. She had an autoimmune condition and was on immunosuppressant medication when she contracted COVID-19 in April. Her condition deteriorated rapidly. She was on lung and heart assistance devices for close to two months before the surgery. Dr. Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of Northwestern's lung transplant programme, who performed the transplant said that she would not have survived without a transplant and that it was one of the toughest transplants that he had done. He was of the opinion that organ transplantation might become more frequent for victims of the most severe forms of COVID-19. The disease caused by the new coronavirus most commonly attacks the respiratory system but also can inflict damage on kidneys, hearts, blood vessels and the neurological system. Fluid from the young woman’s lungs was repeatedly tested to be certain she was negative for the coronavirus before operating. She spent just two days on the waiting list before an appropriate brain-dead lung donor was found and the transplant was done. Surgeons in Austria performed the world’s first known lung transplant on 26th May 2020 to save the life of a COVID-19 survivor, a 45-year-old woman stricken with a severe form of the disease.
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- Keywords: Coronavirus lung damage, double lung transplant, COVID-19, lung transplantation, Northwestern Medicine Chicago