Interview: Mayra Ramirez, First COVID-19 Lung Transplant Recipient

 
Mayra Ramirez and her doctors.

Mayra Ramirez and her doctors.

Northwestern Medicine

Mayra Ramirez is the first known COVID-19 patient in the U.S. to receive a double-lung transplant — after spending two months in the intensive care unit on a ventilator and life-support machines. The virus so severely damaged her lungs that her doctors at Northwestern Memorial Hospital determined her only hope was a transplant.

The 21st is joined by Ramirez to talk more about her experience in the hospital. 

"My family was called and was told to make the decision whether or not to come say goodbye to me because they didn't think I would make it through the night," says Ramirez. 

Guests:

Mayra Ramirez, first known COVID-19 patient in the U.S. to receive a double-lung transplant

 

Prepared for web by Zainab Qureshi

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