An Indian-origin saved the life of a young mother with what is believed to be the world’s first radical procedure.
Mellissa Benoit a 32-year-old was born with cystic fibrosis and had developed a rampaging lung infection that spread throughout her body.
Dr. Shafique Kehavje is an Indian-origin athoracic surgeon; he has years of experience at the forefront of innovative research into lung transplantation.
Dr. Kehavjee said, operation was the only option, he explained that for the first time ever they had a patient in their intensive care with no lungs.
In fact, she was technically on an artificial lung, an artificial heart and an artificial kidney for six days.
Dr. Keshavjee and his 13 member surgeons and specialist team kept Benoit alive by the state of the art technology that oxygenated and circulated her blood, until organs from donors became available.
Benoit said “You really come from the brink of death to living at home." But she was just so grateful and happy to be home.
In the latest issue of the Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery issued the medical team’s report.
She also said "I never thought I would be able to walk. And here, I am walking."