A medical team from Rabta Hospital and Taoufik Polyclinic performed a life-saving artificial lung transplant for a patient infected with Coronavirus, who did not respond positively to artificial respiration, said Monday, doctor specializing in resuscitation and anaesthesia Noureddine Mbarek.
In a statement to TAP, Mbarek said the implantation of an artificial lung in patients with lung problems is a common practice in Tunisia, but for the first time in the country, the technique was used on a Coronavirus-infected subject.
He reported that this medical device has been used in several countries around the world to save the lives of hundreds of patients infected with Coronavirus, noting that his experiment in Tunisia was considered on one of the patients of the Taoufik clinic.
“The operation was successful, in collaboration with a medical team from La Rabta hospital, and the patient’s state of health is currently stable,” he noted.
The artificial lung transplant is performed when the patient’s state of health presents complications and the patient does not respond positively to artificial respiration, explained the specialist. From this point of view, this technique remains limited to cases of aggravated contamination, he added.