Doctors complete lung transplant of COVID-19 patient

NANJING: Chinese doctors completed a double-lung transplant surgery on a COVID-19 patient infected with the novel coronavirus, Wuxi People’s Hospital in east China’s Jiangsu Province said Sunday. The 5-hour operation was performed by a surgical team led by Chen Jingyu, a leading lung transplant surgeon in China and also vice president of the facility. The donated lungs came from a brain death donor and were transported by high-speed rail from outside the province. The male patient, 59, was diagnosed with COVID-19 on Jan. 26 and had several negative nucleic acid test results after going through trachea cannula, extracorporeal membrane oxygenation support and medication, yet suffered irreversible pulmonary disfunction, the hospital said. “It was a highly risky surgery since all surgeons had to stay in a negative pressure room during the entire operation wearing whole-body protective suits,” Chen said, noting that it was a big challenge both physically and psychologically. – The Daily Mail-People’s Daily News exchange item