Successful Lung Transplant in COVID-19 Survivor

A COVID-19 survivor in her 20s received a double lung transplant last week after being on a ventilator and heart-lung machine for nearly 2 months, AP reports.
The procedure is believed to be the first of its kind in the US.
The patient had no underlying health issues, but the illness had left her lungs irreversibly damaged—“full of holes and almost fused to the chest wall.” The transplant was her only chance of survival, according surgeon Ankit Bharat of Northwestern Medicine in Chicago.

The patient is expected to make a full recovery, the New York Times reports.
Bharat warns that the procedure’s success in a young, otherwise healthy individual doesn’t signal a fix for every patient.

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