British COVID-19 patient no longer reliant on ECMO
10:21 | 04/06/2020
VGP  - British COVID-19 patient was disconnected from a life support machine called the Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) following signs of recovery since Thursday morning, according to the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.

The British man is being treateed at HCMC Cho Ray Hospital

Luong Ngoc Khue, Associate Professor, deputy head of the Sub-committee for COVID-19 prevention and treatment said that the patient, who is a Viet Nam Airlines pilot, remains severe and needs weeks to be free from ventilator and to recover movement.

In the coming days, doctors at the Cho Ray Hospital, where the patient is being treated, will continue using antibiotics to cure his infections caused by  Burkholderia Cepacia, said Khue.

The patient will also continue undergoing physical therapy to recover his muscle and respiratory functions, Khe added.

The British man was confirmed positive for COVID-19 on March 18 after visiting the Buddha Bar in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 2. He was admitted to the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases the same day but his health suddenly got worse and doctors had to put him on the ECMO since April 6.

As of 9 am on June 4, Viet Nam confirmed 328 COVID-19 patients, of whom 302 have been cleared of the virus, said the National Steering Committee.

The country has entered the 49th day without new COVID-19 community infection. At present, 6.641 people are under medical surveillance, including 76 at hospitals, 6,214 at centralized quarantine facilities and 351 at places of residence./.

By Huong Giang

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