Gyan Chand With Lungs Damaged By COVID Undergoes Transplant After Donor Organs Rushed From Ahmedabad

Man With Lungs Damaged By COVID Undergoes Transplant After Donor Organs Rushed From Ahmedabad

Mr. Gyan Chand, a 55-year-old gentleman, was suffering from advanced bullous lung disease with end-stage respiratory failure. He received high-flow oxygen and required intermittent BIPAP support. The only option that could save his life at this point was a lung transplant.

Mr. Gyan Chand, a 55-year-old gentleman, was suffering from advanced bullous lung disease with end-stage respiratory failure. He received high-flow oxygen and required intermittent BIPAP support. The only option that could save his life at this point was a lung transplant.

At Max Hospital, Saket, he was evaluated and placed on the lung transplant waiting list by the heart-lung transplant team, led by Dr. Rahul Chandola.

On December 22, the organ registry (NOTTO) notified a brain-dead donor in Ahmedabad. The team went to Ahmedabad to collect the lungs. A distance of 950 km was covered per flight in 2 hours. A green corridor was made from Delhi airport to Max, Saket hospital for the organ to arrive quickly.

A team of 15 physicians and associated staff, led by heart-lung transplant surgeon Dr. Rahul Chandola, performed a sequential double lung transplant on ECMO (life support) as the patient was too unstable and desaturating much.

The patient was supported with venovenous ECMO for 9 days, and ECMO was gradually withdrawn and the patient was gradually weaned from the ventilator thereafter.
He has fully recovered and both lungs are working perfectly.

Double lung transplantation with extended ECMO support is a very complicated operation and it is the first operation of its kind performed in North India. The operation requires a highly trained team made up of a transplant surgeon, pulmonologist, intensive care specialists, cardiac anesthesiologists, perfusionists, and the cardiopulmonary rehabilitation team.

With the gift of life (organ donation), for the first time in years, the patient can now breathe effortlessly on their own.

Dr. Viveka Kumar, heart specialist at Max Saket Hospital, said: This is the first operation to be done in North India, the success of the surgery means we can use this method in the future to treat patients. . Patients should present and receive treatment as soon as possible, as it is safe.

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