The patient would not have survived without the transplant
Vienna’s medical university successfully conducted the first Covid-19 lung transplant in Europe last week, said a press release issued by the medical centre on Monday.
The 45-year-old Covid-19 patient would not have survived otherwise, but is now recovering well after the “highly complicated” but successful operation, it said, reports CNN.
“In our view, she is doing exceptionally well and there are no major problems,” said Walter Klepetko, the head of surgery at the clinic.
The hospital said the patient was in good health without prior illnesses before she tested positive for Covid-19 eight weeks ago. Her condition deteriorated dramatically, shortly after falling ill.
“The situation was hopeless," said Klepetko, adding that the patient’s lung was like a block and there was nothing left.
“All organs are working and we are very satisfied. But it will still be a long way ahead until we can hopefully discharge her from the hospital,” Klepetko further added.
Covid-19, a severe acute respiratory illness caused by a new coronavirus strain named Sars-CoV-2, had broken out in China's Wuhan in December last year and quickly spread throughout the world, becoming a pandemic in less than three months.
Until Monday evening, the virus has infected more than 5,545,400 people and claimed over 347,600 lives in 213 countries and territories across the world, according to worldometer.