|Lung function of the patient is recovering, but a lung transplant is stil on the cards if his conditions worsen
It is good that lung function of the patient, known as patient 91 in Vietnam, has improved by 20-30% instead of only 10% active as seen in the first scan, said Nguyen Van Vinh Chau, director of HCM City Hospital of Tropical Diseases.
With such a slight recovery, the patient remains dependent on the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO), said the doctor, adding that the 43-year-old man has tested negative for 12 straight days.
According to Dr Chau, the professional council under the Ministry of Health agreed that the patient’s lungs are recovering, but preparations for a possible lung transplant are still on the cards if his conditions worsen.
The patient remains in intensive care and requires sedation in order to alleviate the anxiety and pain he faces. He requires the ECMO support to facilitate lung-protective mechanical ventilation, in addition to antibiotics and dialysis therapy.
The first scan was conducted on May 13 with doctors discovering that pulmonary fibrosis had solidified both of the patient’s lungs, with only around 10% of his lungs active. It appears highly unlikely that he will survive unless he receives a lung transplant.
The patient is a Vietnam Airlines pilot and lives in Ho Chi Minh City. He visited several entertainment centres, including Buddha Bar, a coronavirus hotspot in HCM City, before being diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus on March 18.