Lung transplants from living donors usually demand transferring the substandard lobe which has greater breathing capability.
But a middle lobe was transplanted in this case as it is smaller than an inferior lobe and is of the right size for the boy, the Okayama University Hospital said.
The boy and his mother were not identified and middle Lobe seems difficult said the university in western Japan
“A pump-oxygenator was detached from the recipient and he started breathing with the transplanted part of the lung,” the hospital said in a statement.
“We view as that the operation has been successful,” it said.
The hospital said earlier that a successful operation would be the first of its kind in the world.
The surgery started at 1:35 pm and the boy started breathing with the transplanted lung about five hours later, the statement said.
The boy is the youngest lung receiver in Japan, the hospital said.
He underwent a bone-marrow transplant for leukemia about two years ago but later developed graft-versus-host disease, a complication in which the newly transplanted material attacks the recipient’s body, Kyodo News said.
Takahiro Oto, associate professor of respiratory surgery at the state-run university hospital, said the transplant of a middle lobe would setting the way for saving the lives of babies who have not been able to experience other types of lung transplant, Kyodo reported. (AFP)