She was transplanted and died two months after the operation. Only then it turned out that a patient of a hospital in American Michigan was infected with coronavirus, because the lungs were from a sick person.
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Michigan doctors said early donor tests showed no infection. There is no doubt, however, that COVID-19 was the cause of death. According to ABC News, the woman died two months after the transplant, but the causes were searched for for many weeks.
Today we know more. Three days after the transplant, the patient developed a high fever, her blood pressure dropped and her breathing difficulties returned. Tests showed signs of pneumonia. Problems with the work of the heart also started to appear. When doctors retested the coronavirus, the results turned out to be positive.
Doctors, wondering how the infection happened, examined the samples taken from the donor. Although the test of the material collected from the nose and throat given once again was negative, the sample from the lungs was “positive”.
Four days after the transplant, the surgeon who performed the transplant also fell ill with COVID-19. Genetic tests left no doubt – both the patient and the doctor got infected from the donor.
– Before the procedure, we conducted the tests that we always do. We would absolutely not use our lungs if we knew about the coronavirus infection, says Dr. Daniel Kaul, director of the infectious disease unit at Michigan University Hospital. He called the whole event a “tragic accident”.
NBC News emphasizes that this is the first so thoroughly documented case of coronavirus infection as a result of transplantation since the beginning of the epidemic.
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