PHILADELPHIA — A man from Berks County recently became the first Pennsylvania COVID-19 patient to receive a lung transplant.

Fred Rahmanian was hospitalized for COVID-19 last October, and he had to be placed on intubation. The father of three teenage triplets was transferred to Penn Medicine in Philadelphia.

Rahmanian still hadn't recovered several weeks later, so doctors advised him that a lung transplant was his best chance.

"By the grace of God, within 72 hours, they were able to find a donor," Rahmanian shared, "and it ended up being a perfect match."

Rahmanian said he didn't know he was the first recipient until after the surgery was complete.

"I think, at the end of the day, I'm grateful I was given more time, and I know lung transplant is not an easy one," Rahmanian said. "It's one of the harder transplants and being the first for... category makes that much more complicated probably."

Rahmanian returned home in time to see his teenage triplets celebrate their 18th birthdays.

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