|Critically ill Stephen Cameron, known as patient 91 in Vietnam, is in the intensive care unit at Cho Ray hospital in Ho Chi Minh City
“I am writing to express my gratitude for the support extended by the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee, External Relations Office, Department of Health, Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, hospitals and quarantine camps to our British nationals over the past 12 weeks,” Gibbons said in his letter dated May 21.
He noted that despite being in complex situation of public health emergency, the city’s designated agencies have dealt with a number of enquiries from the British Consulate General and other Consulates with patience and professionalism.
The British Consulate General alone has received useful and informative guidance, enabling it to seek support from hospitals and quarantine camps for British nationals.
“We are deeply grateful to the doctors, nurses, and medical teams at Cu Chi Field Hospital and Can Gio Hospital for taking care of our nationals,” Gibbons wrote.
He especially extended his sincere thanks to Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases and Cho Ray Hospital who have taken such excellent care of Stephen Cameron, known as patient 91 in Vietnam.
“They have worked tirelessly and spared no efforts in helping him during the time he has been critically ill in hospital…. We could not have asked for better treatment.”
Stephen Cameron, a Vietnam Airlines pilot, is the most severe coronavirus case in Vietnam. He was diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease in Vietnam in mid March.
The British citizen has severely damaged lungs due to infection complications and a lung transplant is believed to be the only solution to save his life. Though his lung function is improving, he is almost dependent on the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO).
The patient was transferred from Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases to Cho Ray Hospital on May 22 and remains in intensive care.