A 64-year-old Hanoi woman, one of the most seriously sickened novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patients in Vietnam, has beaten the disease after being treated for over two and a half months.
Doctors are expected to formally announce the recovery of L.T.H., the country’s 19th COVID-19 patient, on Tuesday following her two-month-and-18-day treatment at the National Hospital for Tropical Diseases in the capital.
H. was in bad health just a few days after she was hospitalized, as she had already suffered from vestibular disorders.
She was on life support in the form of extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) from March 19 to April 4.
After the life support was removed, the patient suffered circulatory arrest for 45 minutes and managed to survive thanks to the prompt and relentless efforts of her doctors and nurses.
H. is now able to eat, drink, and walk normally.
A source close to Tuoi Tre (Youth) newspaper stated in early May that her treatment had cost about VND1.5 billion (US$64,400).
Vietnam has said it treats local COVID-19 patients free of charge.
Patient No. 19 is one of the most seriously sickened COVID-19 patients in Vietnam.
Another patient who is still in a critical condition is a 43-year-old British pilot.
The Briton currently requires life support to live as only 30 percent of his lungs are functional, while the rest have solidified.
Doctors are now focusing on treating his lung infection at Cho Ray, the largest general hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, and looking for a suitable donor for his potential lung transplant.
Vietnam has recorded 326 COVID-19 patients so far, with 272 having recovered.
No deaths associated with the disease have been reported in the country to date.
No new community infections have been documented in the Southeast Asian country for 40 days.