A patient who underwent a dual heart-and-lung transplant at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has been transferred out of intensive care following the procedure Sept. 24. The hospital says it was the world’s first such transplant surgery on a patient with COVID-19, and the first heart-lung operation at Vanderbilt since 2006.
The pandemic paused many organ transplants in the U.S. But now, the life-saving procedures are restarting at a record clip, especially in Nashville, which has fared better than other parts of the country during the pandemic.
The United Network for Organ Sharing is returning to its old distribution map governing donated livers after a federal court in Atlanta threatened to hold the agency in contempt.
Listen / As of 7:51 a.m. Tuesday, the method for distributing donated organs to dying patients became a bit more equitable. Or at least, that’s what the United Network for Organ Sharing intended when it crafted new distribution rules.
The agency that oversees organ transplants is delaying a policy opposed by academic medical centers in the South and Midwest. Schools like Vanderbilt University have opposed changes meant to distribute livers more equitably.