With the patient’s health coming up to necessary standards, it is therefore possible that he could soon be leaving the country with the assistance of local health specialists, according to groups of leading Vietnamese health experts on July 3 and the COVID-19 treatment sub-committee under the Ministry of Health in their sixth national consultation.
A report compiled by Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray Hospital indicates that the British pilot has been making a strong recovery and remains mentality stable. He is now entering the 22nd consecutive day of being disconnected from the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation, a life support machine, and is now capable of breathing independently.
Moreover, the pilot is able to communicate competently with doctors, has the ability to take a few steps on his own, is able to eat without the need of any form of intervention, and regularly sleeps well at night.
Health experts held an exchange with “patient 91” and performed a check on his health on the morning of July 3. The results indicate that he is now in the process of recovering, with all of his functions improving, including respiratory and motor skills.
The patient is able to sit in a wheelchair and meets all relevant health criteria necessary to put him on a 12-hour flight back to his native UK on July 12. For his own safety, health specialists from Cho Ray Hospital will accompany him on the flight.
Since first being admitted to local health facilities, “patient 91” has spent a total of 107 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. It was during this period that he was successfully cured of the COVID-19.
The 43-year-old 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.