As the COVID-19 Pandemic evolves, we have been continuing to perform lung transplantation until now.
However, as we observe the increasing number of cases in Canada, we have become increasingly concerned about:
In this period of uncertainty, with careful consideration of the risks and benefits, we have made the decision to PAUSE LUNG TRANSPLANT ACTIVITY FOR 14 DAYS starting today.
We have notified each patient personally to reassure them that we will continue to look after them and monitor them on the list. We will also continue to list patients so we can continue to transplant when it is safe to proceed. We will reassess the situation weekly and will send updates as the situation evolves.We hope that sharing this difficult decision is helpful to others who are are grappling with the same question in the face of so much uncertainty.
Best wishesShaf Keshavjee and Lianne Singer