In a first, a team of doctors successfully performed lung transplant surgery on a 32-year-old COVID-19 patient, who was suffering from sarcoidosis that affected his lungs.
The team led by Dr Sandeep Attawar performed the complex procedure on the man from Chandigarh, a release from Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hyderabad said.
After recovery, the patient was discharged on Friday. The man was suffering from sarcoidosis, which affected his lungs. His condition deteriorated rapidly and a double lung transplant was the only permanent option for cure, it said.
“The patient was a severe case of lung sarcoidosis, and COVID-19 virus only complicated the precarious lung condition. Fortunately, a match to his lungs was found in a person declared brain dead in Kolkata, and the harvested lungs were airlifted to Hyderabad to save the life of the patient,” Dr Sandeep Attawar was quoted as saying by a PTI report.
“The procedure was complex and had little scope for errors; and only a timely transplant of lungs helped save the patient,” he added.