After the lungs were severely damaged by Covid-19 infection, a woman in her 20s in Chicago, USA, had a transplant of both lungs at the same time.
This is thought to be the first lung transplant surgery for a Covid-19 patient in the US since the beginning of the pandemic.
According to the Associated Press, the patient was in his 20s and had to receive mechanical ventilation and an extra-body intervention (ECMO) for almost 2 months before doctors decided to perform the surgery on June 5 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Chicago.
The surgery lasted 10 hours and was challenging, because the corona virus caused the patient’s lungs to puncture holes so much that the lungs almost stuck to the chest wall, according to Dr. Ankit Bharat, who performed the surgery.
The patient continues to be on ventilator and ECMO during the recovery process, but doctors consider the opportunity for her to recover as well.
“We anticipate that she will recover completely,” said Dr. Rade Tomic, medical director of the hospital’s lung transplant program.
The patient’s identity was not disclosed, but Dr. Bharat said she had just moved to Chicago from North Carolina to live with her boyfriend.
The woman was initially healthy but quickly deteriorated since being hospitalized in late April. Doctors waited 6 weeks to confirm the patient was virus free, before considering transplant.
Lung transplants account for only 7% of the nearly 40,000 organ transplants performed in the US in 2019. The lung supply is less and patients who need a lung transplant often have to wait weeks to be able to receive the transplant.
The patient in Chicago was pushed up on the waiting list because she was in critical condition, with signs that her heart, kidneys and liver were failing.