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Did you know…   

… that a Hungarian doctor did the first lung transplant on a COVID-19 patient in Vienna? (None of the sources available provide the actual date of the surgery!)

Dr. Lang György performed a lung transplant on a 45 year-old mother of two, who was close to death, in a Medical University of Vienna.  The female patient’s lung was extremely damaged by the virus, the ventilator was able to pump in only 20 milliliter of air, instead of the minimum 400 milliliter required.  

The surgery was a difficult one.  In addition to the seriousness of the surgery, the doctors and nurses were wearing masks and protective gear that hindered their work. 

By the beginning of June the patient was semiconscious, her lung was working, and she was virus free; but her recovery will be long and difficult. 

... that the unique natural spectacle of tiszavirágzás – the fleeting annual swarming of May flies – has been added to the list of Hungarikums?  The tiszavirág is the largest European May fly.  The 5,000-8,000 larvae the female lays on the water sink to the bottom, and bore themselves into the clayey mud.  It takes them three years to develop.  Swarming takes place usually in the late afternoon and evening, during which they mate and die after a brief few hours. 

They provide not only a spectacular sight, but also serve as food for numerous types of fish, birds and frogs. This natural event used to be common throughout Europe, but by now can be seen mostly only in the Tisza region of the Hortobágy.

... that a team from the Budapest Technical University (BME) won first prize in the 2020 Agile Robotics for Industrial Automation competition announced by the National Institute of Standards and Technology of the US Department of Commerce? Bojtos László, Vidacs Attila, PetÅ‘ József and Mátyás Gergely, registered as “Team Virsli”, won the $10,000 grand prize.  Purpose of the competition is to increase efficiency, productivity and autonomy of automated plants so as to require less human attention.   


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