[Medscape] The patient who received a lung transplant recovered from Covid for the second time


In June 2020, COVID-19 patient Brian Kuhns underwent a double lung transplant – followed by another rarely performed intervention to fight the virus that destroys the lungs. lung tissue.

COVID-19 and Long-Term Lung Damage

Now, Kuhns is even more than a medical success story. He has just survived the second wave of covid infection.

Kuhns told WLS-TV: “They said if I got COVID again, I definitely wouldn’t be able to live. That scared me. I’m not going anywhere, you know what I mean?”

People in Lake Zurich, a suburb of Chicago, have only spent two days in the hospital for COVID treatment at this point before returning home. Kuhns then had to return to Northwest Memoria Hospital in Chicago in recent days because of an infection caused by the transplant. However, he told WLS he was still trying his best.

“I’m doing a little bit of work, just answering the phone, you know, I’m still pretty weak,” Kuhns said. “I can’t do the things I used to…so I do it for a couple of hours, and then I go, you know, just hang around the house, man, because I still get nervous. . I actually got COVID again.”

The first double lung transplant for a COVID patient is believed to have taken place on June 5, 2020, at Northwest Memorial. The patient is Mayra Ramirez of Chicago.

Just a month later, on July 5, 2020, Kuhns underwent a ten-hour surgery at the same hospital. The auto repair shop owner first contracted COVID in March, Northwest Memorial said in a message board aired after the surgery.

“Everything happened so fast. One minute I’m doing my business and the next minute I’m spending 100 days with the life-sustaining machine,” Kuhns said in the broadcast message board.

Kuhns’ wife said her husband thought COVID was a hoax.

Nancy Kuhns said on the broadcast: “Prior to COVID-19, Brian was a pretty healthy guy who loved music, cars and making people laugh.” “But he still thinks COVID-19 is a hoax. I assure you, Brian’s attitude has changed now. COVID-19 is not a hoax. It almost took my husband’s life.”

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NPR reports that at the end of November 2021, from the United States Organ Transplant Administration (UNOS) database, 1 in 10 lung transplants in the country are performed for patients with COVID-19. .

UNOS chief medical officer David Klassen said: “If there are more lungs out there to transplant, I believe the number is higher than now.”

In this report, NPR says 238 patients with COVID have received lung transplants since surgeries like these were first followed up in August 2020.

During 2021, a total of 2524 lung transplant surgeries were performed in the United States for patients with a variety of lung health conditions, compared with 2539 in 2020, according to UNOS. said.


WLS. “Suburban man who got double lung transplant at Northwestern Memorial survives COVID for 2nd time”

Northwest Medical. “Meet the Two COVID-19 Patients Who Received Double-Lung Transplants at Northwestern Medicine”

NPR. “Once rare, lung transplants for COVID-19 patients are rising quickly”

United Network for Organ Sharing. “Transplant Trends”

Original link: https://www.medscape.com/viewarticle/967111

Translator: Ngoc Tram

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