A Chicago woman who became a nation last monthThursday said she woke up days later, unaware of the surgery and “unable to recognize my body”.
Myra Ramirez said that before becoming ill she was an independent, active person, who moved from North Carolina to Chicago in 2014 to work as a paralegal. She stated that she had an autoimmune condition, but was otherwise healthy. 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 it would be my mother and eldest sister, who all live in North Carolina. I only had two minutes to contact them. They let them go. Before I was intrusted. “
Ramirez, 28, spoke to the media on Thursday with Brian Kuhns of Lake Illinois, who followed him as the second patient from Illinois, undergoing a double transplant.
Ramirez underwent a lung transplant at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago on June 5. He would not wake up until mid-June.
“I looked at myself and couldn’t recognize my body,” he said. “I didn’t have the cognitive ability to process what was going on. I knew I needed water.”
Dr. Ankit Bharat, chief of thoracic surgery and surgical director of the Northwestern Medicine Lung Transplant Program, Ramirez, who was on a ventilator, struggled for six weeks for his life, with the virus completely destroying his lungs. Doctor Nohemi will call Romero to his mother in North Carolina with an update.
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 arrived, my mother and my two sisters, the medical team was able to stabilize me,” Ramirez said. “They were explained the option of lung transplant and my mother agreed to it. And then within 48 hours, I received a 10-hour lung transplant.”
Bharat is calling Bharat Ramirez’s surgery a “milestone” in the care of patients with COVID-19.
“Lung transplantation is not for every patient with COVID-19, but it provides another option for some of the critically ill patients to survive,” said India. “Myra and Brian are living proofs of that.”
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 transplant is part of COVID-19 care,” said India.
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 I knew that I had the ability to do that, you know, a family living there.” “I have that person’s lungs and how lucky I was to get it.”
Kuhns said he thought the virus was a hoax until he contracted it.
“This disease is not a joke,” he said. “It hit my head like a liniment. I was completely healthy. This thing hit me hard.”