Cuba to carry out first double lung transplant
Cuba is to carry out the first double lung transplant in the last quarter of this year, announced Dr. Manuel Sarduy Paneque, Head of Bronchoscopy Department at the Pneumonology Institute.
The Doctor explained to the National Information Agency (AIN) that the replacement of both lungs is more successful than cardiopulmonary and single pulmonary surgeries, even though the three types of operation are highly risky.
Sarduy was part of the multidisciplinary team, which carried out the first single pulmonary transplants in Cuba on January 23, 2004 and October 24, 2005, at the Center of Medical and Surgical Investigations (CIMEQ) of this capital.
The physician, who participates in the Neumosol 2007 event, being held in the eastern province of Guantanamo, explained that the lung transplant is the last chance for patients suffering from refractory lung failure.
Spanish Hospitals Reina Sofia of Andalucia and Puerta de Hierro, in Madrid collaborate with Cuba in the area of vital organ transplants.