Doctors in Mexico transplanted lungs to a COVID-19 affected patient

Doctors in Mexico transplanted both lungs to a patient who had suffered from coronavirus infection. This was the first such operation in Latin America, the Milenio newspaper reported on Thursday, September 3.

The surgery was performed on a 57-year-old patient at Christus Muguerza Hospital in Monterrey, the capital of the northeastern state of Nuevo León.

“This is the first time this type of transplant has been performed on a patient who has undergone COVID-19,” said Angel Martinez Vela, head physician at the hospital.

The patient will have to spend at least two more weeks in hospital because he is currently connected to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device.

Now, much of the work on oxygenation is done by new lungs, but it is too early to talk about success, said Martínez Vela. It is important that the organism does not reject the transplanted organ.

According to the Worldometer portal, more than 610 thousand cases were registered in Mexico, and more than 65 thousand patients died.

In late August, it was reported that Russia will supply Mexico with 2 thousand doses of vaccine against coronavirus infection “Sputnik V” for the third phase of clinical trials.