Toronto doctors did the unthinkable to buy a dying patient time for a transplant — they removed her lungs
In what’s believed to be a world first, Canadian doctors say they were able to save a young mother’s life with a radical procedure — they removed her lungs.
Melissa Benoit, who was born with cystic fibrosis and had developed a rampaging lung infection that had spread throughout her body, was hours away from death last April when doctors at Toronto General Hospital were given the go-ahead by her family to take the unprecedented step.
Benoit, then 32, spent the next six days in the ICU without lungs, kept alive by state-of-the-art technology that oxygenated and circulated her blood until donor organs came available and she was able to have a life-saving transplant.
I continue to marvel at what modern medicine can do, and I am always shocked at how our bodies can recover from the brink of death.
Bravo to the surgical teams and all the best to Melissa!