In January this year, a 54-year-old man in Wuhan was admitted to the hospital with symptoms of fatigue and high fever. He was diagnosed with COVID-19. Doctors had to intubate the trachea and use the ECMO apparatus to saturate his blood with oxygen. Later, a lung transplant was required.
The man received treatment with antiviral drugs, underwent immunotherapy, transfused blood plasma, as they write Chinese media. But despite all the progress, pulmonary fibrosis and pulmonary failure developed. On April 24th, the patient underwent a lung transplant during a six-hour operation at a transplant center in Jiangsu Province.
She ended successfully. After 73 days at ECMO, the patient can communicate with doctors, the transplanted lungs work well, the patient returns to normal.
According to local doctors, only very few “covid” patients develop pulmonary fibrosis, which threatens their life.
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