Surgeons perform 1st ever double lung transplant on Covid-19 patient

Surgeons perform 1st ever double lung transplant on Covid-19 patient

- Surgeons at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago performed the world's first double lung transplant on a Covid-19 patient

- The woman, in her early twenties, was on a ventilator for six weeks

- The virus caused irreparable damage to her lungs, but doctors were able to successfully perform the intricate procedure

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The dreaded coronavirus has wreaked havoc around the world and claimed many lives.

Although the majority of victims have been older, a young woman in her twenties felt its full wrath.

She had been hospitalised and on ventilators for six weeks at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago, United States.

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CNN reported that the virus caused irreparable damage to her lungs, but surgeons were able to make history by performing a double lung transplant.

Pulmonary and critical care specialist Dr. Beth Malsin revealed: "For many days, she was the sickest person in the COVID ICU - and possibly the entire hospital."

Malsin said the medical team were overjoyed when the patient's follow-up test eventually came back negative, which signalled the green light for the transplant.

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Chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director at the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program, Dr. Ankit Bharat, said: "A lung transplant was her only chance for survival."

The medical team remains tentatively optimistic that the young lady will make a full recovery, but cautioned that the journey would be a long one.

Previously, reported that a hospital in the Western Cape is celebrating releasing their first Covid-19 recovery.

The Durbanville health facility shared a touching video on social media showing staff bidding farewell to their healthy patient.

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