|The British patient shakes hands with HCM City leaders and the British Consul General in HCM City on June 17
Luong Ngoc Khue, director of the Ministry of Health’s Medical Examination and Treatment Department, the patient’s lungs have recovered almost 90%, while his heart, livers and kidneys function normally.
The patient’s hands can now move normally and he has used a mobile phone to talk to his friends for nearly a week, said Khue, adding that the British citizen is still practicing walking with assistance from medical workers.
The patient can breathe unaided and doesn’t need a lung transplant. If he keeps recovering, he can even return to work as a pilot, Khue said.
The British pilot was confirmed to have contracted the SARS-CoV-2 virus on March 18. After being admitted to hospital, his health suddenly deteriorated and he needed ECMO, a life support machine.
Two months after falling in coma, the patient began to stay conscious and make a miraculous recovery. He has been disconnected from a ventilator for six days and feeds himself by mouth now.
According to experts, although the British pilot is making amazing progress, he still needs more time to recover completely.