Man will get new lease on life after double lung transplant in Phoenix
Randy Blake, a fireplace captain in Oklahoma, battled COVID-19 for months, and his lungs have been devastated by the virus.
PHOENIX – A 44-year-old man identified with COVID-19 is overcoming a months-long battle.
Randy Blake was identified with COVID-19 4 months in the past, and was on a ventilator and a lung machine for almost two months.
At one level, Blake did not suppose he was going to make it.
“The docs ultimately mentioned when you survive this, your life goes to appear like a wheelchair and being on oxygen for the remainder of your life,” mentioned Blake, a fireplace captain from Stillwater, Okla.
Blake’s solely possibility for survival was to endure a double-lung transplant at a Phoenix hospital. Earlier in February, he acquired a brand new set of lungs at St. Joeseph’s Hospital, and he was discharged on Feb. 26.
COVID ravaged Blake’s lungs.
“I don’t even understand how he was capable of breathe with the lungs he had after COVID. He had a number of holes in his lungs. He had fluid in these holes. The lungs that weren’t crammed with holes have been scarred and infected from an infection.”
— Dr. Sofya Tokman, pulmonologist
One among Blake’s docs in Oklahoma had a colleague at St. Joe’s Norton Thoracic Institute. Blake was flown to the Valley in January. Earlier in February, a pair of lungs grew to become accessible, and Blake underwent a double-lung transplant surgical procedure.
“I imply, they saved my life. They did such a tremendous job. I’m so grateful. They gave me a second likelihood at life,” mentioned Blake. “At this level, it’s gone improbable. I’m not utilizing any oxygen, which is an enormous deal. I’m capable of stroll. The rehab course of is gradual. Simply gotta maintain at it. Simply maintain grinding.”
Blake’s docs now anticipate him to have the ability to proceed dwelling his life with out having to make use of an oxygen tank.
“A variety of the restoration after lung transplant is psychological moderately than bodily,” mentioned Dr. Tokman. “You’ve bought to push your self by means of numerous discomforts. It’s important to push your self by means of numerous weak spot, and Randy is doing simply that.”
Blake nonetheless has to undergo outpatient rehab for the following a number of weeks, and he hopes to have the ability to return dwelling to Oklahoma and reunite along with his 4 youngsters by Might.
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