COVID patient didn’t recognize body after double transplant | Lexington Herald Leader

Modesto Morganelli
Agosto 2, 2020

Last Updated: July 30, 2020.

COVID-19 damaged Mayra Ramirez's lungs so severely that they were riddled with holes and scars.

"Mayra and Brian wouldn't be alive today without the double lung transplants".

"We are all learning together and sharing best practices, and now lung transplant is part of COVID-19 care", Bharat said. "The severe damage and inflammation to the lungs had caused pressure overload on the heart, which further made the surgery quite complex".

"Nevertheless, the success of these transplants emphasizes that surgical innovation can also play an important role in helping some critically ill COVID-19 patients", he added.

In June, a 28-year-old Chicago woman became the first person in the country to undergo a double lung transplant due to the coronavirus. However, while she was in generally good health, she did have an autoimmune condition called neuromyelitis optica, which required her to take immunosuppressants that could have made her more vulnerable to the new coronavirus, Grady reports.

"In March, I started working from home and never left my house", Ramirez explained. "But in April, I contacted my doctor, complaining of fatigue, chronic spasms, diarrhea, and loss of taste and smell". It wasn't until April 26 that I felt really bad and went to the emergency department. "From there, everything was a blur".

Ramirez said she couldn't recognize her family members in pictures that the hospital nurses had placed around her room. In 2019, out of almost 40,000 organ transplants in the United States, only 7% were performed on the lungs because these are hard to find. "I thought I'd just be there for a couple of days, max, and get back to my normal life", she said.

"I don't remember anything during my six weeks in the COVID ICU".

According to New York Times, Ramirez said in an interview that she was pretty sure that if she was confined to another hospital, "they would have just ended care" and wait for her death.

"I couldn't process it", Ramirez said.

Ramirez said she is slowly regaining her strength, but says the ordeal has taken a physical and mental toll.

"People need to understand that COVID-19 is real". What happened to me can happen to you. So please, wear a mask and wash your hands. "If not for you, then do it for others", Ramirez stressed.

Kuhns, 62, is also recovering. The owner of an IL auto shop complained of headaches, stomach pains and a fluctuating temperature. "Not being able to see, touch or hold your loved one as they're fighting for their life in the ICU is extremely hard", Nancy Kuhns said. 'I was asked who would be making my medical decisions for me. "I think people need to recognize this option earlier and just start at least talking about it before it gets to that point", he said. I assure you; Brian's tune has now changed.

As lung CT scans were deemed vital in the diagnosis and management of Covid-19, researchers from China's Beijing Ditan Hospital have found that a lung ultrasound may have more advantages and more sensitivity to pick up Covid-19-related damage than the standard chest CT.

Kuhns was treated at another hospital before being transferred to Northwestern Memorial for consideration of a double-lung transplant. Within 72 hours of being waitlisted, the transplant was performed on July 5. Providers then told Ramirez that she'd had a lung transplant.

"Everything happened so quickly".

"One minute I'm running my business, and the next minute I'm spending 100 days on a life support machine", he said.

Brian Kuhns, of Lake Zurich, Ill., a COVID-19 survivor due to a double-lung transplant, listens Thursday, July 30, 2020, to a question about his journey through the pandemic during his first news conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. After 33 days at Shands and more than three months on ECMO, the patient has now been removed from ECMO and is recovering steadily, his doctors said.

One of her doctors said lung transplants are gradually becoming a more accepted treatment for patients like Ramirez, and "offer some of the critically ill patients another option for survival".

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