TOKYO — Doctors in Japan introduced Thursday they’ve efficiently carried out the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from dwelling donors to a affected person with extreme lung harm from COVID-19.
The recipient, recognized solely as a girl from Japan’s western area of Kansai, is recovering after the almost 11-hour operation on Wednesday, Kyoto University Hospital stated in a press release. It stated her husband and son, who donated elements of their lungs, are additionally in secure situation.
The college stated it was the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from dwelling donors to an individual with COVID-19 lung harm. Transplants from brain-dead donors in Japan are nonetheless uncommon, and dwelling donors are thought-about a extra real looking choice for sufferers.
“We demonstrated that we now have an choice of lung transplants (from dwelling donors),” Dr. Hiroshi Date, a thoracic surgeon on the hospital who led the operation, stated at a information convention. “I feel it is a therapy that provides hope for sufferers” with extreme lung harm from COVID-19, he stated.
Kyoto University stated dozens of transplants of elements of lungs taken from brain-dead donors to sufferers with COVID-19-related lung harm have been carried out within the United States, Europe and China.
The girl contracted COVID-19 late final 12 months and developed respiratory difficulties that quickly worsened. She was positioned on a life assist machine that works as a synthetic lung for greater than three months at one other hospital as a result of her lungs had been so severely broken.
Even after she was freed from the virus, her lungs had been not purposeful or treatable, and the one choice for her to dwell was to obtain a lung transplant, the college stated.
Her husband and son volunteered to donate elements of their lungs, and the surgical procedure was performed at Kyoto University Hospital by a 30-member workforce headed by Dr. Date. Her husband donated a part of his left lung, and son gave a part of his proper lung.
She is anticipated to have the ability to depart the hospital in about two months and return to her regular life in about three months, the college stated.