|To doctors' surprise, the British patient is recovering considerably as he is now able to understand doctors, move his head and fingers
The patient, known as patient 91 in Vietnam, who is receiving treatment at Ho Chi Minh City-based Cho Ray hospital, has stopped life-sustaining dialysis since May 27 thanks to improved kidney function.
His lung function has also increased to 40% following a CT-scan on May 28 instead of just 10% in early May.
The patient remains conscious, and has a stronger cough reflex and increased muscle strength. His diaphragm has started working weakly. He is being fed via the gastrointestinal tract, and provided physiotherapy twice a day.
However, the 43-year-old obese man is still on the extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO) despite the reduction of ECMO parameters.
His lungs were infected with Burkholderia cenocepacia, a species of Gram-negative bacteria which is said to be very difficult to treat. After a consultation on May 29, leading specialists and doctors decided to change antibiotics for the patient.
The patient, who works for Vietnam Airlines as a pilot, was diagnosed with the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease, in Mid-March.
After being admitted to HCM City-based Hospital of Tropical Diseases, his health had deteriorated due to his lung infection complications. He had fallen into a coma until he moved his head and fingers two days ago.
The patient has tested negative many times for the past few days. Doctors are seeking potential sources of lungs for a transplant which is believed to be the only way to save his life.