Italy: two hearts from COVID-19 donors successfully transplanted without contagion

Italy announced on Thursday two organ transplants from positive donors to COVID-19 to negative patients, without causing infection, a case “unprecedented worldwide” according to the National Transplant Center (CNT).

“The first two transplants in the world from deceased donors positive to Sars-Cov-2 into negative patients lacking antibodies have been performed in Italy”, indicates in a statement the CNT.

“In both cases, the patients received a new heart, and neither of them has been infected by COVID-19 after the transplant”, is added in the document.

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The first intervention, carried out at the end of April in Bologna, was carried out on a 64-year-old man, while the second, in mid-May, on a 15-year-old adolescent in Rome.

The two patients, affected by severe heart disease, were on the national emergency waiting list and received a heart transplant “Thanks to a derogation granted by the CNT”.


The current protocol in force allows the transplantation of organs to save lives, and if they are from COVID-19 positive donors, they must be for patients “Positive at the time of transplantation, or already immunized due to having had the disease or being vaccinated”, remember the CNT.

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However, the derogation in these two cases was granted due to the “seriousness” of the patients and the existing “risk of death” for them. Both are in good condition and have been able to return to their homes.

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