SAN ANTONIO – A local man is the first COVID-19 patient to receive a double lung transplant in Houston.
Paul Rodriguez, 52, came down with the coronavirus over the summer. The young father has no pre-existing health conditions but soon had to be admitted to a San Antonio hospital as he fought the virus and pneumonia.
Soon, Rodriguez was on a ventilator and in late July, had to be put on ECMO. Nothing worked, as Methodist Hospital soon contacted Houston’s Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Director of Lung Transportation Dr. Puneet Garcha.
Rodriguez was soon transferred over to Houston in September so he could be evaluated for a lung transplant.
On Oct. 15, he got a new set of lungs from a team of multiple doctors, including Dr. Gabriel Loor, the surgical director at Baylor St. Luke’s Medical Center.
Rodriguez was then weaned off the ventilator and oxygen support.
Tuesday, Rodriguez was discharged and sent home. He is the first double lung transplant the hospital has performed on a COVID-19 patient.
Few in the country have done this.