A Japanese woman has become the world’s first aspiring patient to receive a lung transplant from a living donor.
She received her lungs from her son and her husband after the patient’s organs failed due to damage caused by the coronavirus.
Kyoto doctors expect him to make a full recovery in a few months.
In Japan and elsewhere waiting for a full lung transplant is long because organs provided by deceased donors.
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The operation at Kyoto University Hospital lasted about 11 hours. Both the donor and the patient are in stable condition, the doctor said.
Hospitals say China, Europe, and the United States have used the lungs of deceased organ donors for dozens of lung transplants to treat coronavirus infections, but in Japan waiting lists could be years old.
When the patient, who does not have a basic health condition, needed a lung transplant to survive, her son and her husband decided to donate part of their lungs. They warned about health risks due to reduced lung capacity.
“I think there is high hope for this treatment because it creates a new option,” Professor Hiroshi Dit, the thoracic surgeon in charge of the surgery told Kyodo News.