Information regarding the updated health condition of patient 91 was released during a June 4 meeting of the National Steering Committee on COVID-19 Prevention and Control.
Deputy Minister Son noted that the patient is now completely conscious and has displayed his cough reflexes, improved his muscle strength, in addition to his respiratory and kidney functions being greatly improving. He has also been disconnected from the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO) since June 3.
Son added that during a recent visit to the male pilot, the British Consul General was highly appreciative of the efforts by health professionals to treat the patient.
At present, the patient is struggling against Burkholderia Cepacia, a species of Gram-negative bacteria which is said to be very difficult to treat, therefore he needs to be under strict monitoring. Doctors say it will take weeks for him to be disconnected from the ventilator and recover his other functions.
Over the course of the coming days, the patient will continue to use antibiotics to treat Burkholderia Cepacia infections and prevent the occurrence of possible new infections, while simultaneously receiving intensive physical therapy in an attempt to swiftly improve muscle and respiratory functions.
Most notably, his food and liquid intake must also ensure that it fully meets the patient’s nutritional needs during the recovery period.
The patient now has the opportunity to recover from lung complications and live without a lung transplant, a health expert who attended the consultations for the special patient emphasised.