Double lung transplants are allowing seriously ill patients to survive COVID-19's 'bomb blast'

CHICAGO — At a dark moment over the summer, Rodney Wegg was forced to consider removing his wife from life support. After testing positive for COVID-19 in July, Kari Wegg, a previously healthy nurse, worsened until she was placed on a ventilator and given a grim outlook for survival. “Give me some more time,” Wegg’s doctor told her husband, offering him and their two sons a glimmer of hope. Their perseverance paid off when, months later, Wegg, a 48-year-old neonatal intensive care unit nurse, awoke as the sixth COVID-19 patient at Northwestern Memorial Hospital to receive a groundbreaking lung tr...

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