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Vietnam doctors leave no stone unturned as British COVID-19 patient transferred to new hospital

Saturday, May 23, 2020, 10:46 GMT+7
Vietnam doctors leave no stone unturned as British COVID-19 patient transferred to new hospital
A British pilot, Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No .91, is being treated in the intensive care unit at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in this supplied photo taken on May 22, 2020.

Doctors at a leading hospital in Ho Chi Minh City will try their best to save a British COVID-19 patient who is still in a critical condition after over two months of hospitalization, the institution's director said on Friday.

Dr. Nguyen Tri Thuc, director of Cho Ray Hospital, affirmed that his doctors will make as much effort as possible to treat the British patient, also known as patient No .91.

He was transferred to Cho Ray, considered the best general hospital in the city and southern Vietnam, on Friday afternoon.

The 43-year-old Briton, who is a Vietnam Airlines pilot, was moved to Cho Ray Hospital’s intensive care unit from the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases.

The patient had tested negative for the novel coronavirus that causes COVID-19 for six consecutive times as of Friday morning.

He has been treated for the viral disease for 66 days, including 46 days on life support in the form of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) as 90 percent of his lungs had condensed.

A recent CT scan showed that about 20-30 percent of his lungs have recovered and their function has also improved considerably. His pulse and blood pressure are stable.

Earlier, the Ministry of Health considered a lung transplant as a last resort on the British man.

“Cho Ray Hospital will mobilize all efforts to treat patient No. 91 until he has all the favorable health factors for the lung transplantation,” Dr. Thuc said during the reception of the patient on Friday afternoon.

A British pilot, who is identified as Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No .91, is transferred to the Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in this supplied photo taken on May 22, 2020.

A British pilot, Vietnam’s COVID-19 patient No .91, is transferred to Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, in this supplied photo taken on May 22, 2020.

The man is currently continuing medical treatment for infection control and underlying conditions.

The treatment sub-committee under the National Steering Committee for COVID-19 Prevention and Control already announced that the patient has recovered from COVID-19 and has no possibility of contracting the virus again.

Vietnam has confirmed 324 COVID-19 cases in total, with 267 having recovered. The country has yet to record a death from the disease.

The novel coronavirus has sickened over 5.29 million people and killed more than 339,400 around the globe as of Saturday morning, according to statistics. More than 2.15 million patients have recovered from the illness.

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