Patient 91 has become a priority for Vietnam | Financial Times

British pilot is on life support as officials race to find a lung transplant donor

Among Vietnam’s modest cohort of coronavirus cases, one is commanding almost all the attention from media, medical doctors and ordinary Vietnamese: an unnamed 43-year-old British pilot known as Patient 91. 

The man was diagnosed on March 18 in Ho Chi Minh City and admitted to hospital. More than two months later, he is on life support and Vietnamese doctors are taking extraordinary measures to keep him alive, including vetting donors for a lung transplant. 

Saving Patient 91 has become a priority for Vietnam’s communist government and medical establishment, which are basking in approval at home and abroad for their apparently successful fight against Covid-19.

Read more: FT 

Photo: Vietnamese tourists visit Ha Long bay after the government eased the lockdown © Reuters

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