Doctors at the Krishna Institute of Medical Sciences (KIMS) in Hyderabad have successfully performed India’s first-ever double lung transplant surgery on a Covid-19+ve patient, who was discharged from the hospital on Friday.

The patient, 32-year-old Rizwan (Monu) from Chandigarh, Punjab, was suffering from sarcoidosis that affected his lungs significantly, leading to fibrosis of the lungs. As the condition of the Rizwan deteriorated rapidly, a double lung transplant was the only permanent option for cure.

While the search for a lung donor was on, Rizwan’s health further worsened when he tested coronavirus +ive. According to doctors, this condition worsened matters as it increased his oxygen requirement from 15 litres/min to 50 litres/min

A match to the Rizwan’s lungs was found in a person declared brain dead in Kolkata. The harvested lungs were airlifted to Hyderabad and procedure was performed at the main branch of the hospital located at Hyderabad. The transplancr was led by Dr Sandeep Attawar, who is considered a pioneer in heart and lung transplant surgeries in India.

After the successful operation, Dr Attawar, Thoracic Organ Transplantation Surgeon, KIMS Heart & Lung Transplant Institute, KIMS Hospitals said, “The patient was a severe case of lung sarcoidosis, and Covid-19 virus only complicated the precarious lung condition. Fortunately, a match to his lungs was found in a person declared brain dead in Kolkata, and the harvested lungs were airlifted to Hyderabad to save the life of the patient. The procedure was complex and had little scope for errors and only a timely transplant of lungs helped save the patient. What’s more important is that good outcomes are difficult to achieve as these patients are extremely sick, under nourished and bed ridden before the transplant.”

Post discharge, Rizwan will need close monitoring, bio bubble environment to protect him from infections and a controlled drug regime.