Iron Chef champion, Ground Zero hero became the first recipient of a double lung transplant at Mount Sinai Health Hospital.

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first take lung graft Mount Sinai Health System in New York City recently featured Iron Chef America winner James Kelly. Kelly appeared in the fourth season of the hit cooking show, where he helped his brother, chef Peter Kelly, defeat cooking king Bobby Flay. Kelly is grateful to be part of another winning team, the new Mount Sinai Lung Transplant Team, which helped New York City’s healthcare system reach a major milestone.

The surgery was performed in March of this year and Kelly, a 58-year-old professional chef from Whitestone, New York, told Fox News: “I had a double lung transplant on March 3 of this year. you see or talk to me. I don’t even feel like I’ve had a major operation. I am indebted to Dr. Sithamraj.”

Kelly was diagnosed with emphysema and lung disease due to a condition called silicosis. According to Kelly and his doctor, Kelly’s lung condition was linked to his time at the World Trade Center when he volunteered to distribute food at Ground Zero to first responders days after the 9/11 attacks.

View of the hospital on Mount Sinai during the hospitalization of the Fenersky Greek Patriarch Bartholomew in New York.  January 3, 2021 Kelly is grateful to be part of another winning team, the new Mount Sinai Lung Transplant Team, which helped New York City's healthcare system reach a major milestone.

View of the hospital on Mount Sinai during the hospitalization of the Fenersky Greek Patriarch Bartholomew in New York. January 3, 2021 Kelly is grateful to be part of another winning team, the new Mount Sinai Lung Transplant Team, which helped New York City’s healthcare system reach a major milestone.
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Kelly told Fox News: “In the first few days after the towers fell, I did everything I could. Like so many others, I went back to work thinking how lucky I was to be able to help a little.”

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In 2004, Kelly told Fox News that he had a biopsy of his thoracic lymph nodes, which revealed exposure to metals, which he attributed to the dust surrounding him at Ground Zero. Kelly was hospitalized several times with lung infections and on May 4, 2019, he was told that he needed a double lung transplant. That’s when Kelly looked for and found a doctor. Scott Scheinin, MD, FACS, and Dr. Harish Seetamraju, MD.

In an interview recorded shortly before his Mount Sinai surgery given to Fox News, Kelly described how he waited for a phone call, hoping to find a lung donor. The call was last winter.

“We went to bed, and at one in the morning the phone rang,” Kelly recalled during an interview and added: “My wife said it was a call. I said I’m ready, let’s go.”

Scheinin, who is the director of lung transplants at Mount Sinai Health System, said in an interview with Fox News that Kelly had emphysema with “an element of silicosis, which is an inflammatory response in the lungs, usually to dust particles and things like that. , so it’s consistent with the exposure he’s had since 9/11.”

Scheinin, who is the director of lung transplants at Mount Sinai Health System, said in an interview with Fox News that Kelly had emphysema with "element of silicosis, which is an inflammatory reaction in the lungs, usually to dust particles and the like, so this is consistent with the exposure he received during 9/11."

Scheinin, who is the director of lung transplants at Mount Sinai Health System, said in an interview with Fox News that Kelly had emphysema with “an element of silicosis, which is an inflammatory response in the lungs, usually to dust particles and things like that. , so it’s consistent with the exposure he’s had since 9/11.”
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Scheinin helped launch Mount Sinai’s new lung failure and transplant program and led the Kelly surgical team, which included Transplant Pulmonologist, Dr. Harish Seetamraju. Since the landmark March operation, the team has performed more than half a dozen double lung transplants, a hospital spokesman told Fox News.

Sheinin has not only performed over a thousand lung transplants, but is also one of the few surgeons in the world who perform lung transplants without blood transfusions, which health experts say can help speed up recovery and reduce the chance of lung damage. infections, cardiovascular disease. seizure and stroke after surgery. In an interview, he said that performing the first double lung transplant at Mount Sinai and helping run a new lung transplant program at the hospital is a new era for the healthcare system.

“Our entire team is ready and we were excited and just happy to get started,” he said in an interview.

Sheinin has not only performed over a thousand lung transplants, but is also one of the few surgeons in the world who perform lung transplants without blood transfusions, which health experts say can help speed up recovery and reduce the chance of lung damage. infections, cardiovascular disease.  seizure and stroke after surgery.  In an interview, he said that performing the first double lung transplant at Mount Sinai and helping run a new lung transplant program at the hospital is a new era for the healthcare system.

Sheinin has not only performed over a thousand lung transplants, but is also one of the few surgeons in the world who perform lung transplants without blood transfusions, which health experts say can help speed up recovery and reduce the chance of lung damage. infections, cardiovascular disease. seizure and stroke after surgery. In an interview, he said that performing the first double lung transplant at Mount Sinai and helping run a new lung transplant program at the hospital is a new era for the healthcare system.
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Kelly is excited about his new life and said in an interview with Fox News that “it’s been a long wait.” Kelly was filled with gratitude for the support he received from his family, doctors and staff.

“It’s humiliating, humiliating, humiliating,” Kelly said in a pre-op interview obtained by Fox News. “To think that someone, the last thing they want to do before leaving, is to give life to someone else – to think about someone else … I could not find words for this. It’s amazing, it leaves me speechless,” Kelly said in that interview.

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As the Iron Chef winner continues to recover, he told Fox News he’s grateful for the past three months for seeing his son earn his second black belt, teach his son how to drive, walk him to prom and watch next week. when his son finishes school.

the chef who kindly thanked his team at Mount Sinai said he was also planning on getting benefits again, and said in a pre-op interview, “It gives you a good feeling. I think, like organ donation, it gives you one last good feeling, even if you don’t know who will get it, so I can assure you, it’s a beautiful thing.”