The first bilateral pneumonectomy ever performed:
Doctors know that removing the source of an infection is often the best way to treat it. And the surgical team at TGH was more than qualified to perform an experimental lung surgery: In 1983, the hospital successfully executed the first single lung transplant and double lung transplant. In fact, the surgical team had been toying with the idea of attempting a bilateral pneumonectomy years before Melissa even arrived.
The doctors hoped that by removing both of Melissa’s lungs, her sepsis would clear up, allowing her body to accept a transplant. And so, in the middle of the night in April 2016, Melissa’s family and husband agreed to let doctors perform a never-before-tried surgery.