Business-class seat proposal to bring British patient home

VOV.VN - Dr. Nguyen Tri Thuc, Director of Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City, said that a British pilot being treated for the novel coronavirus known as patient 91 is fully conscious on June 20 and is now capable of sitting in a wheelchair, meaning that it could be possible to purchase a business-class air ticket with accompanying medical staff in order to escort him home.

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The patient is now able to breathe without assistance, whilst his heart rate is at 105 beats per minute, his blood pressure is 130/70 mmHg, whilst he is able to maintain a stable body temperature. He can cough through his mouth when needed and is capable of communicating well verbally.

At present, the 43-year-old British patient requires a little more recovery time in order to be able to fully regain the use of his leg muscles and recover the majority of his motor functions.

According Dr. Thuc, patient 91 is now well enough to be discharged from hospital, with this timing well with his aspiration of returning home. Therefore, Cho Ray Hospital has proposed that the Ministry of Health devise solutions in order for him to return to Scotland, so he can avoid the risk of contracting hospital infections due to his weak resistance and lung damage.

The proposed flight can be paid for through one of three solutions, either through an insurance company, the patient's firm 919 Airlight Company, or by funding from a business or sponsor.

The patient has so far has spent the longest time of any COVID-19 case in the country receiving treatment at the Ho Chi Minh City Hospital of Tropical Diseases and Cho Ray Hospital, with his treatment lasting for combined total of 93 days.

He was originally discontinued from dialysis on May 27 and then from the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine ECMO on the morning of June 3. Recent days have seen medical staff at Cho Ray Hospital take the pilot outdoors in order to enjoy some sunlight.


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