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Saving British COVID-19 pilot’s life is the pride of Vietnam

10:10 | 18/06/2020

“I am so surprised to see the British pilot COVID-19 patient is fully conscious. Vietnamese doctors and nurses have made miracles. This is the pride of the city and Vietnam's health sector, ” Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee said.

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Ho Chi Minh city's top leader Nguyen Thanh Phong  along with British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City Ian Gibbons visited British pilot on June 17.

“We regularly monitor the health situation of all cases of COVID-19 treated in the city's medical facilities, but especially pay attention to the British pilot. It was reported he had been  in life-threatening conditions. Therefore,  I am astonished by his current miraculous recovery”, said Mr. Phong.

Dr. Tran Thanh Linh, Deputy Head of Emergency Recovery Department, Cho Ray Hospital informed that when the patient was admitted to Cho Ray Hospital from the National Hospital of Tropical Diseases, even optimistic doctors would not think he can survive as he was in a deep coma and need  a lung transplant”.

Nevertheless, with a bid to no one died of coronavirus, leading experts across the country consecutively held online consultations to give the best treatments for the patient.

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Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee and British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City Ian Gibbons visited British pilot on June 17 (Photo: Thanh Nien)

The patient 91 expressed his appreciation for the thorough care of Vietnamese doctors and nurses. He also said if he was treated in another country, he could not survive. He showed to Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong and British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City Ian Gibbons the scarf worded “Motherwell”, his favorite Scottish soccer team.

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The pilot showed the scarf worded “Motherwell”, her favorite Scottish soccer team (Photo: VNExpress)

According to Prof. Dr. Nguyen Tan Binh, Director of the Department of Health, the combination of resuscitation solutions and intensive physiotherapy enable the patient to quickly recover. His renal has been restored, cardiac and liver are normal. He disconnected from the ventilator and discontinues all antibiotics.

The key to success in treating British pilot is the concentration of national intelligence specifically the health sector has mobilized professionals and made efforts to save his life. With the experience in treating critical cases, the leading health experts across the country have oriented for Cho Ray Hospital helping the patient gradually to recover”, said Doctor Nguyen Tri Thuc, Director of the Hospital Cho Ray.

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Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong and British Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City Ian Gibbons greatly admire efforts of Cho Ray Hospital's doctors (Photo: VOV)

Talking with doctors, nurses, and leaders of the Health Department, Mr. Nguyen Thanh Phong, Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee expressed “I greatly admire medical staff on both their profession and dedicated care in saving British pilot’s life over the past time. This is the city’s pride and joy in the success of fighting with COVID-19 pandemic”. However, he also emphasized that the COVID-19 epidemic is still going on sophisticatedly all over the world, health facilities and citizens should not be subjective, but should strengthen protective measures against the epidemic”.

Recognizing the significant contribution of Tropical Diseases Hospital and Cho Ray Hospital in the combat against Covid-19, the Chairman of Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee rewarded for each hospital VND 50 million, informed Dan Tri.

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