The woman contracted COVID-19 late last year and developed breathing difficulties that rapidly worsened. She was placed on a life support machine that works as an artificial lung for more than three months at another hospital because her lungs were so severely damaged.
Even after she was free of the virus, her lungs were no longer functional or treatable, and the only option for her to live was to receive a lung transplant, the university said.
Her husband and son volunteered to donate parts of their lungs, and the surgery was conducted at Kyoto University Hospital by a 30-member team headed by Dr. Date. Her husband donated part of his left lung, and son gave part of his right lung.
She is expected to be able to leave the hospital in about two months and return to her normal life in about three months, the university said.
This combination of radiographs provided on April 9, 2021, by Kyoto University Hospital, shows the chest of a patient before the surgery, left, and after the surgery, right. Doctors in Kyoto University Hospital announced Thursday, April 8, 2021, they have successfully performed the world’s first transplant of lung tissue from living donors to a patient with severe lung damage from COVID-19. (Kyoto University Hospital via AP)