Medical professionals around the globe have had a steep learning curve with regards to COVID-19, the novel coronavirus that has shaken the world in 2020. With hospitals strained to their limits dealing with an influx of patients suffering from a disease never seen before, doctors have been hard pressed to navigate an array of symptoms that can vary greatly from one patient to the next.
While the majority of patients experience respiratory symptoms like coughing, loss of breath, and loss of sense of smell, many others experience digestive problems, develop a rash or discoloration on their fingers or toes, or confusion or loss of speech. In extreme cases, patients might develop pneumonia, or they might get blood clots. Doctors have seen the disease damage not just the lungs, but the kidneys, liver, heart, brain, gastrointestinal tract, and skin. It is a very strange, very serious disease.
Treating such a confounding disease has obviously proven troubling. In one woman's case, doctors determined it would be necessary to give her a double-lung transplant for her to have a hope of survival. The good news is that the transplant has proven successful enough that she has finally made it out of the hospital.