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UTHealth Surgeons at Memorial Hermann First in Texas to Perform Double Lung Transplant On Patient Whose Lungs Were Damaged By COVID-19

Thursday, September 17, 2020 - 12:18am

HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --UTHealthtransplant surgeons at Memorial Hermann were the first in Texas to perform a double lung transplant on a 70-year-old man whose lungs were severely damaged by COVID-19.

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  • HOUSTON, Sept. 16, 2020 /PRNewswire/ --UTHealthtransplant surgeons at Memorial Hermann were the first in Texas to perform a double lung transplant on a 70-year-old man whose lungs were severely damaged by COVID-19.
  • "At that point, we determined that the only way he would survive was if he underwent a double lung transplant."
  • More than 2,700 lung transplants were performed in the United States in 2019 and approximately two-thirds of those were double lung transplants.
  • Jyothula said that patients survive longer when receiving a double lung transplant as opposed to a single lung transplant.