British pilot with SARS-CoV-2 depends less on ECMO machine
  • | nguoilaodong, | May 30, 2020 11:45 AM
The British pilot who is Covid-19 Patient 91 in Vietnam is getting better and depending less on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine, according to local doctors.


British pilot's health improves

On May 29, at the Vietnam Telemedicine Centre for COVID-19 Outbreak Control, Deputy Minister of Health Nguyen Truong Son had held a meeting with the doctors to discuss the patient's situation who is currently being treated at Cho Ray Hospital in HCM City.

He has woken up from a coma, can cough harder and move his fingers. His lung condition has also improved. 40% of his lungs can work normally. However, he still needs ECMO machine and there's a risk of lung infection.

Head of the Health Ministry's Department of Medical Examination and Treatment Luong Ngoc Khue expressed appreciation for the doctors for their treatment decisions. Nguyen Gia Binh, Chairman of Vietnam Association of Emergency & Poison Resuscitation said this was the hardest case they had had. The next stops will focus on lung infection and gradually removing the ECMO machine.

Son also asked Cho Ray Hospital to consider expert opinions like treatment to liver and kidney function. Vietnam-Germany Hospital will co-operate to find a compatible lung donor.

The patient was admitted to the hospital on March 18 with a high fever. His condition worsened and needed an ECMO machine on April 6. He is the last Covid-19 patient in critical condition in Vietnam. On May 22, he was transferred to Cho Ray Hospital and had seven negative tests for the virus since May 7.

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