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A double lung transplant for a 59-year-old coronavirus patient has been conducted successfully in Wuxi, East China's Jiangsu Province on Saturday, marking a first in the world and great significance in lowering the death rate of the epidemic.
The patient tested negative for the virus after multiple treatments including intubation, respirator support and extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. However, both of his lungs were severely and irreversibly impaired amid the virus infection. The surgery is expected to greatly improve the patient's chance of survival.
The patient is now conscious with stable vital signs, and the transplanted lungs were oxygenated well.
The CT scans of the patient's lungs before and after the surgery
"The surgery is extremely risky, and both a psychological and a physical chanllenge to surgeons, as they had to wear astronaut-like heavy protective clothing for 7 hours in a negative pressure operating theater," said chief doctor Chen Jingyu, one of China's top transplant specialists. "We will spare no effort in the follow-up treatment for the patient such as anti-rejection and anti-infection treatments, and explore more possiblities for critical patients."
(Compiled by Shan Xin)