By Health In Five Writer
A team of doctors led by Dr Sandeep Attawar, Director – Lung Transplant, Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital successfully performed one-of-its-kind bilateral sequential lung transplantation successfully on a 46 year-old Covid 19 recovered patient. The lady patient was suffering from end-stage Lung Disease, fibrosing ILD and Chronic Hypersensitivity Pneumonitis got a new lease of life with this surgery.
Commenting further to the surgery Dr Sandeep Attawar, Director – Lung Transplant, Sir H. N. Reliance Foundation Hospital said, “Lung Transplantation stands at the apex of all organ transplants in terms of challenges in skill, surgical precision, dexterity and long-term close follow up to ensure prolonged survival and quality of Life. This is not just because it is a dual organ transplant, but also because it is the only transplanted organ that faces both the recipients blood stream but also the environment with every breath. This makes taking care of the recipient and organ, paramount. Our patients are leading normal lives even after 5 years of a double lung transplant and this has been made possible by close follow up monitoring and personalized care. This is the strength of our transplant team at Sir HN Reliance Foundation Hospital where we stand for the same values and are providing high-end quality quaternary care services with care and compassion.”
Dr Attawar also mentioned that the patient was suffering from an underlying lung disease since 2019 and was dependent on oxygen of up to 3 litre/min ever since. Whilst still on waiting list, she contracted Covid 19 post which her oxygen requirement escalated up to 5-10 litre/min. Following COVID infection, her breathlessness and cough symptoms had worsened indicating deterioration of underlying lung condition post-COVID with oxygen requirement going up to 10 lit/min during activity. The patient was eventually prescribed to undergo bilateral lung transplant immediately. She successfully underwent bilateral lung transplant on 27th March 2022. Patient went home with maintaining normal oxygen saturation on room air.
Apart from Dr Attawar, The team comprised Dr Urmil Shah, Dr Hemant Mehta, Dr Prabhat Dutta, Dr Rithin Rathnakar, Dr Anoop Kamath and others.