For the first time in Korea, lung transplant from a living donor, not a brain-dead person, was successful at the Asan Medical Center. For Ms. Hwa Jin Oh, 20, who completely lost her lung function because of terminal lung failure, 50 medical staff, including professor Seung-Il Park, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, took out the lower lobe of the right lung from Seung Taek Oh, 55, the patient’s father, and the lower lobe of the left lung of Hae Young Kim, 49, the patient’s mother, and performed the lung transplant. After a long surgery that lasted eight hours, Ms. Oh is currently in the process of recovery. The parents who donated their lungs were discharged from the hospital six days after the surgery without any complication.
Our lung is composed of three lobes on the right side and two lobes on the left side. Living donor lung transplant is an operation where the transplanted lung on the patient is taken from parts of the lungs of two donors. Professor Seung-Il Park said: “It will give hope to about 300 patients with terminal lung failure who are waiting for brain-dead donors for their lung transplants.”