Japanese Doctors Perform World’s First Living Donor Lung Transplant on COVID-19 Patient

A COVID-19 patient in Japan has received the world’s first lung transplant from living donors.

Receiving transplant lung tissue from her son and husband, the patient underwent an 11-hour operation at Kyoto University Hospital to receive her transplant last Wednesday.

Before (L) and after (R) the operation. The dark areas show where lung tissue has been transplanted. Kyoto University Hospital

The woman who underwent the operation contracted COVID-19 late last year. According to Kyoto University Hospital, she spent months on a life support machine acting as an artificial lung, because hers had become no longer functional. It’s expected that she’ll recover from last week’s operation within months.

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