Vietnam’s Covid-19 “Patient 91”: Live updates

Credit photo: A British Covid-19 patient is put on ventilator at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, March 24, 2020. Photo by VnExpress/Ngoc Thanh.


“Patient 91,” a British man who has been Vietnam’s most critical Covid-19 case to date, has shown some progress, Nguyen Vinh Chau, director of the HCMC Hospital for Tropical Diseases, said Tuesday. The most recent computed tomography scan results showed that 20-30 percent of his lungs could now function, compared to just 10 percent a week ago. However, he is still completely reliant on a life support machine called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO), and a lung transplant is still on the agenda, Chau said.



“Doctors in Vietnam are hoping to perform a lung transplant to save the life of a British pilot and keep him from becoming the Southeast Asian nation’s first coronavirus fatality.”



Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City said that so far no relatives of British pilot patients (patient 91) have contacted the hospital, most likely the British Embassy will represent this patient. before a lung transplant.


“Vietnamese doctors assisted by colleagues from Japan performed their first successful lung transplant in 2017 on a 7-year-old boy, using parts of lungs donated by his relatives.”

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“Foreign ministry spokeswoman Le Thi Thu Hang said the pilot’s underlying health issues had worsened his condition, but that Vietnam’s “best experts and doctors” will try to save him.”


“Vietnam has spent more than 5 billion dong ($200,000) trying to save him, the Vietnam News Agency (VNA) reported.”



“The Health Ministry decided Tuesday that a lung transplant was the only way to try and save a critically ill British Covid-19 patient.”



“The 91 th patient (a British 43 years) treated at the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City, is still in critical condition, while the 19 th case – a Vietnamese, 64, who is under treatment for more than two months, has recovered well.”



“Patient 91,” a 43-year-old British man, continues to be the most critical Covid-19 case so far in the country, but experts said Monday that his lungs have not been damaged to the extent of needing a transplant. The health ministry had said at a meeting last week that a lung transplant was being considered.



“We are considering the option of performing a lung transplant for the patient,” Professor Nguyen Van Kinh, Chairman of the Professional Council under the Ministry of Health, said at a Thursday meeting with international organizations on a new Covid-19 treatment and testing strategy.


“Patient 91” – a 43 year-old male British pilot with Vietnam Airlines, showed positive signs Wednesday afternoon. He had no fever and was able to notice surroundings despite being sedated.



Nguyen Trung Cap, Head of the Emergency Department at the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Hanoi, said preparing a meal that fits foreigners’ tastes while trying to maintain a balanced diet for them was not easy. He also said that several foreign patients have not cooperated with the doctors at the beginning of hospitalization and some have even refused Vietnam’s treatment methods due to cultural differences.



Patient 91, living in District 2, is a pilot of Vietnam Airlines. From 13 to 18-3, he stayed in Ho Chi Minh City and went to a number of places to eat and drink, including the Buddha bar in District 2. On March 17, the patient developed fever and cough. By the afternoon of 18-3, the patient came to the Hospital for Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City and was diagnosed with COVID-19. Patients have been monitored and treated at this hospital ever since.


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