|Examining a coronavirus patient in the intensive care unit (Illustrative image)
The first volunteer, a woman aged over 40, said she had not known the British patient, a Vietnam Airlines pilot dubbed as patient 91 in Vietnam, until she heard a story about his deteriorating health through social media. By donating part of her organs, she said she wants to lend a helping hand to especially unfortunate people in society and spread love among the community.
The second volunteer is a war veteran aged over 70 in the Central Highland province of Dak Nong. Hearing about the health status of the British pilot, he phoned the National Coordinating Center for Human Organ Transplantation to register for donation.
“He has twice phoned us, but we had to refuse because regulations do not allow us to receive organs donated by people over 70 years old,” said Vu Hoang Phuc, deputy director of the centre.
The British pilot, 43, tested positive for the SARS-CoV-2 virus that causes the COVID-19 disease on March 18. He has obesity and coagulopathy, and suffers from a ‘cytokine storm’ syndrome, an overreaction of the immune system.
Since being admitted to the Ho Chi Minh City-based Hospital for Tropical Diseases, the patient has continuously displayed high temperatures with his respiratory depression increasing and condition worsening.
He is on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation machine (ECMO) and is being treated with antibiotics and dialysis.
According to experts, the patient’s lungs are seriously damaged, and he will find it hard to recover without a lung transplant. Leading experts are considering a lung transplant on him, but yet to fix the time due to his deteriorating health.
He is the most severe coronavirus case in Vietnam.