COVID-19 patient didn't recognize her body after double-lung transplant (photos)

A Chicago woman who last month became the nation's first COVID-19 patient to undergo a double lung transplant said Thursday that she woke up days later, unaware of the surgery and unable to "recognize my body.”

U.S. surgeons perform 1st successful double lung transplant on COVID-19  patient | KTLA
Mayra Ramirez said that before she fell ill she was an independent, active person who moved from North Carolina to Chicago in 2014 to work as a paralegal. She said she had an autoimmune condition but was otherwise healthy. 

She had gone on a three-mile run shortly before becoming ill and heading for the hospital.

I was told to hurry up (and) change, she said.
I was asked who would be making my medical decisions for me. That’s when I told them it would be my mother and eldest sister who all live in North Carolina. I only had a couple minutes to contact them to let them know what was going on before I was intubated.

Ramirez, 28, spoke to the media on Thursday alongside Brian Kuhns, 62, of Lake Zurich, Illinois, who followed her as the second U.S. coronavirus patient to undergo a double transplant.

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