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British COVID-19 patient thanks doctors in Vietnamese upon hospital discharge

British COVID-19 patient thanks doctors in Vietnamese upon hospital discharge

Sunday, April 05, 2020, 18:05 GMT+7
British COVID-19 patient thanks doctors in Vietnamese upon hospital discharge
C.P.S. (R), a 66-year-old British COVID-19 patient, hands flowers to a health worker at Quang Nam Central General Hospital in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, April 5, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

A British citizen expressed his gratitude to Vietnamese doctors in the local language when he was discharged from a hospital on Sunday, following almost three weeks of treatment for novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19).

The Quang Nam Central General Hospital, located in the namesake province in central Vietnam, declared C.P.S., a 66-year-old patient from the UK, free of the virus and released him from the institution.

S. appeared moved upon his discharge, saying “cam on,” which means “thank you” in Vietnamese, to health workers at Quang Nam Central General Hospital, located in the namesake province in central Vietnam, who had whole-heartedly cared for him.

C.P.S. (R), a 66-year-old British COVID-19 patient, holds a discharge certificate at Quang Nam Central General Hospital in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, April 5, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

C.P.S. (R), a 66-year-old British COVID-19 patient, holds a discharge certificate at Quang Nam Central General Hospital in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, April 5, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

“I was treated better than I had expected,” he said.

“I feel really happy and grateful for it.”

He and his wife presented flowers and a gift box to health workers at Quang Nam Central General Hospital as a symbol of gratitude.

C.P.S. (R), a 66-year-old British COVID-19 patient, and a doctor hold a discharge certificate at Quang Nam Central General Hospital in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, April 5, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

C.P.S. (R), a 66-year-old British COVID-19 patient, and a doctor hold a discharge certificate at Quang Nam Central General Hospital in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, April 5, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

He had been treated for COVID-19 for nearly three weeks and tested negative for the virus twice, meeting standards to be discharged.

He was the only patient to undergo treatment for the disease at a hospital in Quang Nam.

The patient is in good health and spirits, said Dinh Dao, director of the Quang Nam Central General Hospital.

The Briton will continue to be quarantined and have his health monitored for another 14 days, in line with the Ministry of Health’s regulations, said Nguyen Van Hai, director of the Quang Nam Department of Health.

C.P.S., a 66-year-old British COVID-19 patient, gestures upon his discharge from Quang Nam Central General Hospital in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, April 5, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

C.P.S., a 66-year-old British COVID-19 patient, gestures upon his discharge from Quang Nam Central General Hospital in Quang Nam Province, Vietnam, April 5, 2020. Photo: Le Trung / Tuoi Tre

S. arrived in Hanoi on March 9 aboard flight VN0054 operated by national carrier Vietnam Airlines.

A flight attendant then tested positive for the virus.

The British man went on to visit Quang Nam and displayed symptoms of the disease.

Health workers took a sample from him and sent it to the Pasteur Institute in Nha Trang, a coastal city in south-central Khanh Hoa Province, which returned positive.

He was hospitalized on March 16.

One new case has been recorded in Vietnam as of the time of writing on Sunday, with the country’s tally standing at 241, including 150 active cases and 91 recovered patients.

 

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