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Japan transplants live-donor lung to COVID patient in world first

Husband and son donors in good condition, says Kyoto University Hospital

Doctors at Kyoto University Hospital perform the world's first living-donor lung transplant on a patient suffering from COVID-19 complications.   © Kyoto University Hospital/Kyodo

TOKYO -- Kyoto University Hospital has transplanted lung tissue from living persons to a patient suffering from serious COVID-19 pneumonia, in the world's first living-donor lung transplant to a novel coronavirus patient, according to the hospital in a Thursday announcement.

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