A Michigan woman passed away after receiving a lung transplant from a covid-19 infected donor.
According to a recent study, this is the first known case of a donor to recipient transmission.
The case remains isolated as there have been over 40,000 transplants without the incident in the past years.
Report further indicate that transmission of infection from donor to recipient is no common with only 1 percent being affected.
“We would absolutely not have used the lungs if we’d had a positive COVID test,” said the director of Michigan Medicine’s transplant infectious disease service Dr Daniel Kaul.
Kaul revealed that the donor had just died of brain injury after being involved in a grisly road accident.
The doctors, before operating the lung to the ill-fated woman, the reported that they did a blood test of SARS-CoV-2, which is the virus that causes COVID-19 and came out negative.
“All the screening that we normally do and are able to do, we did,” said Kaul.
Three days after the patient received the transplant, she started experiencing high fever with breathing difficulties .
A computer imaging showed that the patient had been offered an infected lung.
A new test done the sample fluid collected from the donor returned a positive result.
The surgeon in charged also tested positive but luckily survived from the dangerous disease.
The patient died days after trying to fight the infections. Doctor Kaul has since named the loss of life ‘a tragic case’.
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