A Chicago woman, who became the country’s first COVID-19 patient to undergo a double lung transplant last month, said she woke up a few days later, unaware of the surgery and ‘unable to recognize my body’. .
Myra Ramirez, 28, spoke to the media on Thursday with 62-year-old Brian Kuhns of Lake Illinois, who followed her as the second American coronavirus patient to undergo the procedure.
Ramirez went to Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago for surgery on June 5 and did not leave until weeks later.
He said, “I saw myself and could not recognize my body.” ‘I didn’t have the ability to know the process that was going on. All I knew was that I needed water. ‘
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Myra Ramirez, who is a survivor of a dual lung transplant COVID-19, spoke about her journey through the epidemic during her first news conference on Thursday at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago.
Prior to Coronavirus’s contract, Ramirez, who had autoimmune status, said she was otherwise independent and relatively healthy.
Ramirez said she could not identify her family members in photographs that the hospital nurses kept in her room.
“I was really upset because I thought it was a different family,” he said.
Ramirez, who has autoimmune status, was intubated shortly after becoming ill with a coronavirus in April.
She went on a three-mile run shortly before becoming ill and was leaving for hospital.
‘I was told that (and) hurry up,’ he said. ‘I was asked who would make my medical decisions for me. When I told them that it would be my mother and eldest sister who all live in North Carolina.
‘I only had two minutes to contact them about what I was doing before they left.
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Head of Thoracic Surgery and Surgical Director of the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program, Dr. Ankire Bharat said, Ramirez, who is on a ventilator, battled his life for six weeks, with the virus completely destroying his lungs.
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Ramirez, sitting next to her mother during a news conference at the hospital, said her family traveled to Chicago with the intention of calling her Goodluck.
“Fortunately, once they, my mother and my two sisters, the medical team was able to stabilize me,” said Ramirez.
‘He was explained the option of lung transplant and my mother agreed. And then within 48 hours, I got a 10-hour lung transplant. ‘
Bharat is calling Bharat Ramirez’s surgery a ‘milestone’ for the care of COVID-19 patients.
Brian Kuhns, of Lake Illinois (left on Thursday) 62, was the second patient from Illinois to undergo the procedure after Ramirez
“Lig transplant is not for every patient with COVID-19, but it does provide a second option for some of the critically ill patients to survive,” Bharata said. ‘Myra and Brian are living proofs of this.’
Ramirez said that she is slowly regaining her strength, but says the test has affected her physically and mentally.
“It’s hard to deal with it mentally,” he said. ‘The whole time I was on it [ventilator] I had very bad dreams and sometimes it is difficult to distinguish those nightmares into reality. ‘
Thoracic Surgeon Dr. Rafael Garza Castillon said Northwestern is now considering performing the procedure on other patients who have eradicated the virus and no other significant organ failure.
“We are all learning together and sharing best practices, and now lung transplants are part of COVID-19 care,” Bharata said.
Ramirez who is now at home said she felt much better, although she was still working to rebuild her strength and endurance. She said that she knows that her loved one is suffering.
Ramirez said, “It wasn’t until weeks later that I knew you had the potential, you think to yourself that there is a family out there who is grieving their loved one.”
‘I have that person’s lungs and how lucky I was to have it.’
Kuhns said he thought the virus was a hoax until he contracted it.
“This disease is no joke,” he said. ‘It hit me on my head like a lead slammer. I was completely healthy. This thing hit me hard. ‘