Heart transplant

American doctors perform the first heart transplant between 2 HIV-positive patients

New York- In a world first, American doctors have successfully performed a heart transplant from HIV-positive to HIV-positive.

The patient, in her 60s, suffered from advanced heart failure and received the life-saving gift, along with a simultaneous kidney transplant, in early spring.

The complex surgery, by a team of doctors from the Montefiore Health System in New York, took four hours.

The procedure is a “milestone in the history of organ donation,” Ulrich P. Jorde, Heart Transplantation and Mechanical Circulatory Support, Montefiore, said in a statement.

“Thanks to important medical advances, people living with HIV are able to control the disease so well that they can now save the lives of others living with this disease,” added Jorde.

The woman spent five weeks recovering in hospital. She is currently being followed by her transplant doctors in Montefiore.

In 2013, the US HIV Organ Policy Equity Act allowed people living with HIV to donate their organs to an HIV-positive recipient. However, it took nearly 10 years for this opportunity to become a reality for heart transplantation.

“Making this option available to people living with HIV expands the donor pool and means that more people, with or without HIV, will have faster access to a vital organ,” said the patient’s cardiologist, Dr Omar Saeed. , who is also an assistant. Professor of Medicine at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine. (IANS)