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Florida Hospital Performed Life Saving Double Lung Transplant On Nurse Who Contracted COVID-19

February 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Utah Intensive care nurse Jill Hansen Holker spent months taking care of the sickest COVID-19 patients, but in November it was the 43-year-old who became infected with the virus.

GAINESVILLE (CBSMiami) – Utah Intensive care nurse Jill Hansen Holker spent months taking care of the sickest COVID-19 patients, but in November it was the 43-year-old who became infected with the virus.

Doctors said her lungs were essentially not working anymore.

I was admitted to my ICU and even my coworkers were just dumbfounded that I was so, so sick,” she said.

Dr. Tiago Machuca, a surgeon at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainseville said, “We are seeing more and more patients in this situation.

Those lungs are irreversibly damaged and the only option of leaving the hospital alive will be through a double lung transplant. ”

According to Dr. Machuca, an international registry shows more than 30 COVID survivors have gone through the procedure.

READ MORE: Keep Wearing Masks: COVID Vaccine Can Protect You But You Are Not ImmuneHolker was transferred to UF Health Shands Hospital and put on the transplant list.

She received her new lungs about a month ago.

“Her first question, ‘When am I going to run my next marathon?’ So, that just showed how strong she’s mentally, how strong she is physically,” says Dr. Machuca.

They gave me a second life, so super grateful,” she said. MORE NEWS: 15-Year-Old In Custody After Miami Beach Police Pursuit Of Stolen CarUF Health’s team has performed more than 10 double lung transplants on COVID-19 patients to date.

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