A unique lung transplant from a posthumous donor was lasting for 16 hours in Lviv
Ukrainian surgeons have performed a unique lung transplant from a posthumous donor. The organ was transplanted to 56-year-old Oleksiy Chernyshkov from Kyiv.
This was reported by the Ministry of Health of Ukraine. The man, who took part in the liquidation of the Chornobyl accident, had a serious illness - total bullous emphysema. Because of it, he could barely walk 30 meters on his own.
Oleksiy received a lung transplant from a 54-year-old man who had died of a stroke. The operation lasted 16 hours - it was the second such transplant in Ukraine and the first such intervention that our doctors performed on their own. Previously, they were assisted by foreign colleagues.
This historic operation was performed by the team of the First Lviv Medical Association led by cardiac surgeons Roman Domashych and Ihor Humennyi.
Oleksiy Chernyshkov is raising his 11-year-old son alone and decided to undergo the surgery so that the child could have a father. Now the man is breathing on his own and is feeling great after the surgery.
The Ministry of Health added that the deceased Ukrainian, whose relatives agreed to donate his organs to other patients, saved the lives of five people after his death. In addition to his lungs, doctors transplanted his heart, liver, and kidneys, and all of the surgeries were successful.
"May the donor's memory be blessed. We are extremely grateful to the family for their decision!" the ministry wrote.
As OBOZREVATEL previously reported, Ukrainian surgeons performed a unique operation on a wounded soldier. They removed an unexploded VOG grenade from the soldier's body.