Surgeons led by Indian-origin doctor perform double lung tra
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Surgeons led by an Indian-origin doctor have performed a double-lung transplant on a second patient whose lungs were damaged by COVID-19, within a month after the same team conducted what is believed to have been the first such surgery in the US.

The patient, an Illinois man in his 60s, spent 100 days on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), (life support machine that does the work of the heart and lungs)

“We worked around the clock, performing multiple transplants on non-COVID patients before accepting new lungs for this COVID-19 survivor,” said Dr Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Programme, who performed seven lung transplants in seven days.

Within 72 hours of being listed, the life-saving procedure was performed on July 4. Before the patient’s name was added to the transplant wait-list, he had to test negative for COVID-19.

Typically, a double-lung transplant takes 6 to 7 hours, but this surgery took about 10 hours due to lung necrosis and severe inflammation in the chest cavities resulting from COVID-19.

Northwestern surgeons led by Dr Bharat in June have performed the first-known lung transplant on a COVID-19 patient in the US last month. Read here:

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