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Vietnam records 21st coronavirus-related death

Friday, August 14, 2020, 12:00 GMT+7

Vietnam has logged its 21st coronavirus-related death – a 61-year-old woman in the central city of Da Nang.

The patient, who was the country’s COVID-19 patient No. 585, had a history of type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity, according to a statement released on Friday morning by Nguyen Trong Khoa, the Ministry of Health official in charge of COVID-19 control in Da Nang.

The woman was admitted to Da Nang Hospital’s geriatric department from July 10 to 17.  Afterward, she returned to her home in Hoa Vang District and came down with a fever.

She was then readmitted to Da Nang Hospital where she received emergency treatment from July 21 to 28. Doctors then transferred her to the intensive care ward once she began showing symptoms of fatigue and difficulty breathing.

She was screened for COVID-19 on July 31 and the result later came back positive.

From August 1 to August 6, the patient was quarantined and treated at the Hoa Vang District Medical Center.

She was diagnosed with pneumonia caused by the novel coronavirus, along with a confirmation of several underlying conditions including type-2 diabetes, hypertension, complications of urinary tract infections, and multiorgan failure.

On August 5, she showed signs of respiratory failure and vasomotor disorders and doctors decided she needed support from intubation and a ventilator.

On August 6, she was put on an ECMO machine and transferred to the Da Nang Hospital for Lung Diseases for further monitoring.

On August 11, she was removed from ECMO and treated with therapeutic plasma exchange.

Her health worsened the following day and she began showing signs of septic shock, acute liver failure, acute kidney damage, a severe drop in blood pressure, and irreversible vasomotor disorders.

The patient passed away at 10:00 pm on August 12.

Her death was attributed to pneumonia and severe respiratory failure caused by COVID-19, septic shock with multiorgan damage, type-2 diabetes, hypertension, and obesity.

Vietnam’s coronavirus tally has reached 911, with 425 having recovered and 21 fatalities as of Friday morning.

The ages of COVID-19 patients who have died in the Southeast Asian country range from 33 to 87. Most of them had severe pre-existing conditions.

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