Groote Schuur Hospital once again made history after performing the first bilateral sequential lung transplant in the Western Cape.
Dr Greg Calligaro, a specialist pulmonologist, and Dr Tim Pennel, a cardiothoracic surgeon, who worked on the operation had to go overseas to learn more about the procedure.
“The barrier to the outside is very thin. Lungs are exposed to all viruses, bacterias and pathogens. We have to be very careful how we match the donor and recipient as infections are common in lung transplants,” said Calligaro speaking to IOL.
The surgery started at 10:00 and was done at around 16:00.
Dr Bhavna Patel, the hospital’s chief executive, said: “the hospital is extremely proud of this achievement as it continues to remain at the cutting edge of clinical care offered to patients and is committed to improvement through innovations such as this.”
Health MEC Nomafrench Mbombo spoke of how proud she was of the team at Groote Schuur and applauded their good work.
“I couldn’t be more proud of our entire Groote Schuur Hospital team. Indeed, this hospital continues to do outstanding work.
“This goes to show that our clinicians go over and above their call of duty to save the lives of our patients,” she added.