Press "Enter" to skip to content

Doctors perform world’s first living donor lung transplant to a COVID-19 patient

Doctors in Japan introduced Thursday they’ve efficiently carried out the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a patient with extreme lung harm from COVID-19.

The recipient, recognized solely as a girl from Japan’s western area of Kansai, is recovering after the practically 11-hour operation on Wednesday, Kyoto University Hospital stated in a assertion. It stated her husband and son, who donated elements of their lungs, are additionally in steady situation.

The college stated it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a particular person with COVID-19 lung harm. Transplants from brain-dead donors in Japan are nonetheless uncommon, and living donors are thought-about a extra real looking choice for sufferers.

Virus Outbreak Japan Lung Transplant
This mixture of radiographs offered on April 9, 2021, by Kyoto University Hospital, exhibits the chest of a patient earlier than the surgical procedure, left, and after the surgical procedure, proper.

Kyoto University Hospital through AP

“We demonstrated that we now have an option of lung transplants (from living donors),” Dr. Hiroshi Date, a thoracic surgeon on the hospital who led the operation, stated at a information convention. “I think this is a treatment that gives hope for patients” with extreme lung harm from COVID-19, he stated.

Kyoto University stated dozens of transplants of elements of lungs taken from brain-dead donors to sufferers with COVID-19-related lung harm have been carried out within the United States, Europe and China.

The girl contracted COVID-19 late final year and developed respiratory difficulties that quickly worsened. She was positioned on a life assist machine that works as a synthetic lung for greater than three months at one other hospital as a result of her lungs have been so severely broken.

Even after she was freed from the virus, her lungs have been now not purposeful or treatable, and the one choice for her to reside was to obtain a lung transplant, the college stated.

Her husband and son volunteered to donate elements of their lungs, and the surgical procedure was carried out at Kyoto University Hospital by a 30-member workforce headed by Dr. Date. Her husband donated a part of his left lung, and son gave a part of his proper lung.

She is predicted to have the ability to depart the hospital in about two months and return to her regular life in about three months, the college stated.

The surgical procedure marks the newest pioneering lung transplant through the coronavirus pandemic. In March, medical doctors at Northwestern Medicine in Chicago efficiently transplanted each lungs on a COVID-19 patient utilizing them from a donor who beforehand recovered from the virus. And final year,  surgeons on the hospital carried out the first profitable double lung transplant of a COVID-19 patient within the U.S.