Indian origin doctor performs world’s first lung transplant surgery for Covid19 patient

The novel coronavirus outbreak, which originated in Wuhan, China, has claimed the lives of over 4.3 lakh people and infected more than 7.8 million people globally. Doctors are considered next to god in India and people strongly believe in that.

In good news, A team of surgeons led by an Indian-origin doctor performed the world’s first double-lung transplant on a COVID positive patient.

The lungs of a patient in her 20s were damaged due to the contraction of severe COVID infection, one of its kind in the United States of America (USA) since the pandemic started.

Ankit Bharat, Chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of Northwestern Medicine of Chicago, lung transplant programme, said organ transplantation can become more frequent for the victims of most severe forms of coronavirus infection.

“This is one of the toughest transplants I’ve done,” Dr. Bharat was quoted as saying by the news agency PTI.

“This was truly one of the most challenging cases,” Meerut-born Dr Bharat added.

“We are one of the first health systems to successfully perform a lung transplant on a patient recovering from COVID-19. We want other transplant centers to know that while the transplant procedure in these patients is quite technically challenging, it can be done safely, and it offers the terminally ill COVID-19 patients another option for survival,” says Ankit Bharat.

Dr. Bharat further says, “Due to the ability of Northwestern Medicine’s ECMO program to support patients with life-threatening lung failure for extended durations, the patient could get adequate time to clear the virus from her body, allowing the consideration of transplantation.”

The 20-year-old woman is now recovering from a double lung transplant and will be discharged soon. This is believed to be the first case of a patient who received a double lung transplant due to the effects of COVID-19.

The patient was not identified but Mr. Bharat said she had recently moved to Chicago from North Carolina to be with her boyfriend.

Ankit Bharat has become the first Indian-origin doctor who successfully conducted a lung transplant on a patient recovering from Covid-19. It is always proud to see Indian doctors are trampling records in today’s world.

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