Nurse Who Receives Rare Double Lung Transplant Due To COVID-19 Leaves Hospital
“Take a deep breath, it’s a whole new life. “
This is what Jill Holker, 43, said is the first thing she will do after walking through the hospital doors of the University of Florida Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.
Holker, an intensive care nurse in Utah, helping treat COVID-19 patients every day until she herself became infected in November. She was first admitted to the intensive care unit where she worked. Soon, doctors said his lungs were no longer working. UF Health is one of the few hospitals in America that can perform double lung transplants. Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago is another.
In fact, the first two known patients in the United States who received a double lung transplant due to COVID-19 were Mayra Ramirez, 28, of Chicago, on June 5, and Brian Kuhns, 62, of Lake Zurich. , Ill., June 5. July the 5th. Both were performed at Northwestern Memorial Hospital, according to a Press release.
Holker was transferred to hospital in Florida and put on the transplant list. Dr Andres Pelaez, medical director of the UF Health Lung Transplant Program, said: “She was completely unable to breathe on her own.” So she needed an external lung to stay alive.
She received the new lungs in January. Although Holker was able to leave the hospital recently, she must undergo a three-month rehab in Florida before she can return to Utah and her family, according to a report from Yahoo! new.
The seriousness of Holker’s case was completely unexpected. “I had no underlying health issues,” Holker said. “I run, train and work full time and don’t take any medication. It hit me to the point where they called my daughter to tell her to start thinking about removing the care, ”Holker said, according to a report released Friday by WGFL CBS4.
“I think it’s extremely rewarding,” said Dr Tiago Machuca who performed the 10 hour surgery. “This is essentially the best example of why we do what we do. “