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Jharkhand minister Jagarnath Mahto recovers after lung transplant in Chennai hospital




Jharkhand minister Jagarnath Mahto underwent a bilateral lung transplant in a Chennai hospital. The organs destroyed by Covid-19. Now he recovered well, doctors treating him said. The MGM Healthcare declared the 54-year-old minister fit for discharge. Mahto tested positive for the viral infection on October 1.

Later admitted to Bhagwan Mahavir Medica Superspecialty Hospital in Ranchi after he tested positive for the viral infection. Despite aggressive therapy including drugs such as Remdesiver and other steroids, the infection worsened and destroyed his lungs leaving him with low saturation level. As his lung condition worsened and his oxygen saturation went low, doctors put him on a ventilator.

On October 19, he flew down to Chennai in an isolated pod of an air ambulance with life support (ventilator and ECMO). Since the viral infection invaded his lungs, the doctor said he might require a lung transplant if it did not heal. Comorbidities such as hypertension, diabetes and coronary artery disease pulled down treatment outcomes.

On October 28, doctors did a tracheotomy and enlisted him for an organ transplant. On November 10, Mahto underwent a bilateral lung transplant.

The hospital completed eight lung transplants on patients whose lungs damaged by coronavirus.

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