First lung transplant in Spain to a patient due to the damage caused by covid-19

The Vall d’Hebron Hospital in Barcelona has carried out the first lung transplant in the State to a patient with covid-19 to whom the coronavirus inflammation had caused irreversible damage to these organs.

The man, 51 years old and without previous pathologies, He was infected at the end of January, in the third wave, and he was admitted to the ICU for 127 days, 122 of them connected to an extracorporeal oxygenation device (ECMO), a machine that does the functions of the lungs.

After four months connected, these organs did not respond and the Bellvitge Hospital, where he was admitted, requested an assessment from the Vall d’Hebron Lung Transplantation Committee, the reference center. The patient has left the ICU and no longer needs breathing support.


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