Indian-origin doctor performs first lung transplant for Covi
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Surgeons led by an Indian-origin doctor have performed a double-lung transplant on a patient whose lungs were damaged by covid-19, a surgery believed to be the first of its kind in the US since the pandemic began.

The patient spent six weeks in the Covid ICU on a ventilator and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), the hospital said.

By early June, the patient’s lungs showed irreversible damage. The lung transplant team listed her for a double-lung transplant, and 48 hours later, performed the life-saving procedure a the hospital.

“A lung transplant was her only chance for survival,” says Ankit Bharat, MD, chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program.

“One of the most exciting times was when the first coronavirus test came back negative and we had the first sign she may have cleared the virus to become eligible for a life-saving transplant,” Beth Malsin, MD, pulmonary and critical care specialist at Northwestern Memorial Hospital said.

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