According to the report, the first U.S. COVID-19 patient to receive a two-lung transplant was discharged from the hospital this week.
After the coronavirus Mayra Ramírez, 28, underwent a transplant for irreversible damage to her lungs on June 5, Live sciences, previously reported. To get the procedure, he first had to take negative tests virusas transplants they should take drugs that remove immunity after surgery. Drugs prevent the body from rejecting the new organ, but it improves immune systemThe ability to fight an active infection.
“Once Mayra’s body cleared the virus, it became apparent that the lung damage was not cured, and we had to list her for lung transplant, “Dr. Beth Malsin, a specialist in lung care and critical care at Northwest Memorial Hospital, he said in a statement. Ramirez received his new lungs two days later.
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Ramirez woke up after the ten-hour operation with “all those tubes”; coming out of her – “I can’t recognize my own body,” he said. The New York Times. Prior to surgery, Ramirez spent six weeks at the Intensive Care unit (ICU) in a ventilator and an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO), which pumps oxygenated blood through the body when the heart and lungs cannot do it alone.
“I don’t remember anything during my six weeks in the COVID ICU. When I finally woke up, it was mid-June and I had no idea why I was in a hospital bed,” Ramirez said in the Northwestern statement. . When he finally woke up, his nurses asked if he knew the date and Ramirez sensed it was early May, according to the Times. She was able to return home on July 29th.
Ramirez has to take anti-rejection medications for the rest of his life, but as he is young and healthy, “he will continue to grow stronger,” his surgeon, Dr. Ankit Bharat, told The New York Times. After lung transplants, more than 85% to 90% of patients survive a year and can function independently in daily life, Live Science previously reported. Approximately 50% of lung transplant recipients survive at least five years after the procedure, and there have been reports of some people living 20 years or older, according to United Kingdom National Health Service.
“She asked if she could go skydiving. We’ll probably get her there in a few months,” Bharat said of Ramirez.
After Ramirez’s transplant, Northwestern performed a second double-lung transplant for Brian Kuhns, a 62-year-old coronavirus patient.
“Mayra and Brian would not be alive today without the double lung transplants,” Bharat said in the statement. “COVID-19 completely destroyed them lungsand they were critically ill in the transplant procedure, which makes it a baffling undertaking. “The procedure usually takes six to seven hours, but both Kuhns and Ramirez underwent ten-hour surgeries because there was so much inflammation and dead tissue. in the lungs.
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With Kuhns and Ramirez now in recovery, Northwestern has two additional COVID-19 patients awaiting double-lung transplants and the hospital is consulting other transplant centers on how to address the difficult surgery, the Times reported.
“It will be a challenge for doctors to determine which patients are really candidates and what the time is,” Tiago Machuca, a thoracic surgeon at the University of Florida Trends Hospital in Gainesville, told the Times. He indicated that a COVID-19 patient transferred from another state recently received a double lung transplant at Shands Hospital.
“We don’t want to do it too soon when the patient can still recover from COVID lung disease and resume it with a good quality of life, but we also don’t want to miss the boat and have a patient in whom it’s useless, the patient he’s too sick, ”he said.
“I think people should recognize this option sooner and we should at least start talking about it before it gets to this point,” Bharat told the Times.
Originally published in Live Science.