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In Vietnam, wife’s call for help on Facebook saves coronavirus-infected husband from critical condition

In Vietnam, wife’s call for help on Facebook saves coronavirus-infected husband from critical condition

Wednesday, August 18, 2021, 12:06 GMT+7
In Vietnam, wife’s call for help on Facebook saves coronavirus-infected husband from critical condition
Doctors tend to Tran Van An at the COVID-19 Resuscitation Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

A COVID-19 patient in Ho Chi Minh City has survived his critical condition and seen his health improve thanks to timely treatment as his wife had made a touching call for help on the verified Facebook page of Cho Ray Hospital.

The administrator of the Facebook page had received the chat message sent by the wife of Tran Van An, 27, at 2:12 pm on August 7, the COVID-19 Resuscitation Hospital managed by Cho Ray Hospital said in an announcement on Tuesday.

“Doctors, please help my husband! My husband is being treated for COVID-19, now he has to be intubated in a critical condition and at risk of death,” the wife wrote.

As the administrator talked with the wife about An's situation, she said that the man was being treated at Thu Duc City Hospital.

Following the discussion, the board of directors of the COVID-19 Resuscitation Hospital contacted Thu Duc City Hospital to learn more about An’s case.

After doctors evaluated medical and transporting factors, An was transferred to the COVID-19 Resuscitation Hospital on the night of August 7.

The patient was comatose, sedated, and needed the support of a ventilator upon his admission to the new hospital.

After three days, An’s condition gradually improved.

He was extubated and given high-flow oxygen.

After five days, the patient’s condition stabilized.

He has been weaned off the high-flow oxygen machine and switched to a normal oxygen mask.

Doctors said the patient is expected to stop depending on the oxygen mask in the next few days and be discharged from the hospital.

An, who is able to talk at present, said that he could not remember when he was transferred to the COVID-19 Resuscitation Hospital.

“Now I feel much better, no longer having difficulty breathing,” An told the Vietnam News Agency

"Thank you doctors, who brought me back from the dead!

“I look forward to coming home soon to be reunited with my wife, children, and family."

As of Wednesday morning, Vietnam had documented 293,301 COVID-19 cases, with 111,308 recoveries and 6,472 deaths, according to the Ministry of Health.

The country has detected 289,276 domestic transmissions in 62 out of 63 provinces and cities in this fourth bout, which started in late April.

Ho Chi Minh City is on top of the caseload with 156,186 patients.

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