COVID patient didn’t recognize body after double transplant

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Mayra Ramirez, a COVID-19 survivor due to a double-lung transplant, listens Thursday, July 30, 2020, to a question about her journey through the pandemic during her first news conference at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. Ramirez is the first known patient in the United States who received double-lung transplants due to COVID-19. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

CHICAGO (AP) — A Chicago woman who last month became the nation’s first COVID-19 patient to undergo a double lung transplant says she woke up days later, unaware about the surgery and unable to “recognize my body.”

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.

Ramirez, 28, underwent the lung transplant on June 5 at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. She didn’t wake up until mid-June.

She spoke to the media 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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