Mexican doctors transplanted both lungs to a patient affected by COVID-19 for the first time in Latin America.
The surgery was performed at Christus Mugerza Hospital in Monterrey, the capital of the northeastern state of Nuevo Leon. вЂњThis is the first time a transplant of its kind has been performed on a COVID-19 patient,вЂќ said Angel Martinez Vela, chief physician at the medical facility.
According to him, the 57-year-old recipient will have to spend at least two more weeks in the hospital because he is still connected to an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine.
вЂњMuch of the work to saturate his body with oxygen is done by his new lungs, but it is too early to talk about success,вЂќ added Martinez Vela, stressing that now it is necessary to make sure that there is no reaction of organ rejection.