Chennai docs carry out Asia’s first lung transplant on Covid survivor

Chennai, August 29

Severely broken lungs of a 48-year-old Coronavirus constructive male affected person had been efficiently changed by docs at a Chennai hospital who carried out a crucial bilateral lung transplant, the non-public hospital stated.

This is Asia’s first recognized lung transplant on a Covid-19 constructive affected person and the second lung transplant within the hospital for the reason that lockdown started, the assertion claimed.

In a press release issued right here, the hospital stated the affected person from Delhi was affected by extreme lung an infection with Covid-19. His lungs had been severely broken resulting from Covid-19-related fibrosis in a single and a half month after he was contaminated by the virus.

According to MGH Healthcare, the affected person examined constructive for coronavirus on July 8, and solely a small portion of the lungs was left useful.

As he turned breathless and oxygen saturation got here down he was placed on ventilator help on June 20. His situation continued to worsen regardless of ventilator help.

He was airlifted to MGM Healthcare from Ghaziabad on July 20.

“His lung condition continued to worsen in spite of maximum ventilatory supportive care, and he was put on ECMO support on July 25 for more than one month. Such patients are difficult to manage even in well-equipped ICUs (intensive care units),” MGM Healthcare stated.

The docs determined to go for the transplant, and it was carried out on August 27.

The transplant was led by Dr. Okay. R. Balakrishnan, Chairman & Director of Cardiac Sciences and Director of the Heart and Lung Transplant Programme and his workforce. “Post the transplant, the patient is doing fine in the transplant ICU,” MGM Healthcare stated.

“As the patient’s both transplanted lungs were working well, we removed the ECMO support. Now his clinical condition is stable,” Suresh Rao, Co-Director, Institute of Heart & Lung Transplant and Mechanical Circulatory Support stated.

“Those select patients suffering from Covid pneumonia where all medications and mechanical ventilators fail to show positive results, an early initiation of ECMO support may be a lifesaving modality,” stated Apart Jindal, Clinical Director & Consultant, Lung Transplant, Interventional Pulmonology & Chest Medicine.

“Over time, progression can determine whether the patient improves spontaneously or may be offered the option of lung transplant. Lung transplant may well be the answer to many of the Covid survivors whose lungs are healing with fibrosis and making them a chronic respiratory cripple,” Jindal added. IANS

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