A Michigan woman who received a double lung transplant last fall has died after being infected with her new organs that were infected with COVID-19.
The donor, a woman from the American Midwest, died in a car crash, NBC News reported on Saturday. The recipient was a woman with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Despite screening tests with the donor, the presence of the virus was never detected. The woman finally succumbed to the disease two months after the major life-saving operation.
The recipient started to have a fever three days after the operation. The blood pressure and respiratory problems quickly followed. It was after her condition deteriorated significantly that doctors tested her for COVID-19.
According to specialists from the Department of Medicine at the University of Michigan, this would be the first case of transmission of the virus through organ donation, according to NBC.
Despite everything, it seems that this is an isolated case, while nearly 40,000 transplants took place in 2020 in the United States, we learn from the American chain.
Doctors are calling for more in-depth testing to be done when donating organs. We advance in particular the possibility of getting samples from the lungs, in addition to screening tests in the throat and nose.
“We absolutely would not have used the lungs if we had tested positive for COVID-19,” said Dr.r Daniel Kaul, director of medicine at the University of Michigan, at NBC News.
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