Prague Doctors Break World Record After Patient Survives 143 Days on Artificial Lung

Czech doctors set a new world record: a patient with pulmonary hypertension kept successfully on the artificial lung for more than 143 days!

A 36-year-old woman, a mother of a two-year-old child, was admitted to the Prague Faculty hospital with a severe form of lung hypertension. She was successfully kept on the artificial lung bypass for more than 4 months.

“After introducing the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, doctors decided to proceed with the unique method of excluding the lungs from circulation and using artificial extracorporeal lungs. A similar operation has been performed on only about 20 patients in the world in the last ten years,” announced the hospital.

“Usually, people live on an extracorporeal oxygenator for ten days, the world record has been 79 days so far,” said doctor Martin Balík from the General University Hospital.

In the beginning, her serious health condition did not enable transplantation. Later on, during corona times, no suitable lung donor could have been found for this patient with a rare blood group.

On June 18, the patient underwent a successful lung transplant in Motol Hospital and is now recovering in the intensive care unit.

According to the data of the Transplantation Coordinating Center (KST), the number of lung transplantations in the Czech Republic has doubled in the last ten years. Last year, 42 patients underwent pulmonary transplantation in Czech hospitals.



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