Tokyo: Part of a mother`s lung has been successfully transplanted into her 3-year-old son in the world`s first middle lobe transfer from a living donor.
According to Okayama University Hospital, the operation made the troubled boy, whose lung function was declining, the youngest lung recipient in Japan, the Japan Times reported.
Lead surgeon, Takahiro Oto, said at a press conference after the operation that the boy`s artificial heart and lung has been removed, and he has begun to breathe with the transplanted lung.
Lung transplants from living donors usually involve the inferior lobe, which has greater breathing capacity.
But the boy received the middle lobe instead because it is smaller and matched his size.