Recovery going well for British pilot after 105 days of treatment

A British pilot patient (patient 91) who is currently being treated at Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital is making a strong recovery and is mentality stable, according to the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) treatment sub-committee under the Ministry of Health.

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Recovery going well for British pilot after 105 days of treatment (Photo courtesy of Cho Ray Hospital)

At present, the British pilot needs time in order to recover all of his functions, with it being necessary that he meets all relevant health criteria in order for it to be considered safe before he can be discharged from hospital and take a long-haul flight to return to his native UK.

He is now entering the 19th consecutive day of being disconnected from the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a life support machine, and is now breathing independently.

Moreover, the pilot is able to communicate competently with doctors, and take a few steps on his own, is able to eat without the need for any medical intervention, and sleeps well at night.

Health officials believe that the patient is in now in a period of physical therapy, rehabilitation, wound care, and nutrition enhancement.

Groups of leading Vietnamese health experts are poised to meet to take part in the sixth national consultation this week in an effort to check on the progress of the case in order to determine if he can be considered healthy enough to be discharged from hospital and be put on a 12-hour flight back to the UK on July 12.

If the patient’s health comes up to the necessary standards, it is possible that he could soon be leaving Vietnam with the assistance of local health specialists.

Since being admitted to health facilities, “patient 91” has spent a total of 105 days receiving treatment. He initially stayed at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital for Tropical Diseases where he underwent treatment from March 18 to May 22 and was successfully cured of COVID-19.

He has since gone on to test negative for the virus, and has been receiving treatment at Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City since May 22.

In total, 49 out of a total of 50 foreign COVID-19 patients have been cured nationwide, with the British pilot being the last one still being treated at Cho Ray Hospital.

The country has now successfully gone through 76 consecutive days without the emergence of any COVID-19 cases recorded within the community as of the morning of July 1, with 355 COVID-19 cases being confirmed so far.

There are now 20 COVID-19 cases being treated throughout the nation, with nine of them subsequently testing negative for the virus at least once.
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