Can lung transplants be a new COVID-19 treatment strategy?

The Health Ministry in Vietnam is said to be considering a lung transplant for a 43-year old British COVID-19 patient who has been hospitalized for tropical diseases since March 20. The patient’s body has been allegedly resistant to all types of domestic coagulant drugs since then that the health ministry had to purchase drugs abroad.

Sources say that Vietnam’s Ministry of Health previously had a meeting with international organizations regarding the possibility of a new COVID-19 treatment and testing strategy. They reportedly stated that both of the patient’s lungs are in poor condition and they are considering the option of performing a lung transplant for him.

The ministry’s professional council chairman, Professor Nguyen Van Kinh, reassures that the British patient is currently being treated with antibiotics and dialysis. He has also been put on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) – a life support machine that involves pumping blood out of his body and to a machine that removes carbon dioxide and sends oxygen-filled blood back.

The British man is a Vietnamese airline pilot who became the 91st COVID-19 patient and also the most severe case in Vietnam out of 288 and there have not been any recorded deaths as of writing.

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