Surgeons in Chicago have given a brand new set of lungs to a younger girl with extreme lung harm from COVID-19.
Northwestern Medication on Thursday (June 11) introduced the process, which happened final Friday. Only some different COVID-19 survivors, in China and Europe, have obtained lung transplants.
The Chicago affected person is in her twenties and was on a ventilator and heart-lung machine for nearly two months earlier than her operation at Northwestern Memorial Hospital.
The 10-hour process was difficult as a result of the virus had left her lungs filled with holes and virtually fused to the chest wall, mentioned Dr. Ankit Bharat, who carried out the operation.
She stays on a ventilator whereas her physique heals however is nicely sufficient to go to with household by way of telephone video and docs say her possibilities for a standard life are good.
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‘We are anticipating that she will have a full recovery,” said Dr. Rade Tomic, medical director of the hospital’s lung transplant program.
The affected person was not recognized however Mr. Bharat mentioned she had lately moved to Chicago from North Carolina to be together with her boyfriend.
She was in any other case fairly wholesome however her situation quickly deteriorated after she was hospitalized in late April. Docs waited six weeks for her physique to clear the virus earlier than contemplating a transplant.
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Lungs accounted for simply 7% of the almost 40,000 U.S. organ transplants final yr. They’re usually arduous to search out and sufferers typically wait weeks on the transplant record.
The Chicago affected person was in unhealthy form, with indicators that her coronary heart, kidneys and liver have been starting to fail, so she rapidly moved up in line, Mr. Bharat mentioned.