COVID-19 destroys a Tennessee man's lungs, undergoes double-lung transplant

Apr 7, 2021

Zach Lloyd spent 95 days on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, or ECMO, after contracting COVID-19.
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Mike Osborne)  --  Vanderbilt University Medical Center has shared a remarkable COVID-19 survival story.

Thirty-seven-year-old Zach Lloyd contracted the virus last fall.

The East Tennessee man’s condition became so severe he was eventually placed on, not one but two, heart-lung bypass machines. His lungs were irreparably damaged by the virus.

He was place on the lung transplant list Christmas Eve. He underwent a double lung transplant at the end of January.

In total, Lloyd spent four months at Vanderbilt.