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.

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.

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.

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