A British pilot who is Vietnam’s most critically ill coronavirus disease (COVID-19) patient has exhibited health improvement and may not need a lung transplant, previously believed to be the only viable option to save his life, after all, doctors said Friday. Top health leaders and experts in the fields of infection, respiration and intensive care discussed the man’s condition at a teleconference on Friday. The 43-year-old Briton, a Vietnam Airlines pilot, was identified as the country’s COVID-19 ‘patient No. 91’ after his diagnosis in mid-March. Doctors from Cho Ray Hospital in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 5, where the patient was recently transferred to after being announced free of the coronavirus, told the conference he had regained 40 percent of his lung function, up from 30 percent and 10 percent reported in the last two consultations. If his lungs continue to improve, with 50 percent or more of their function recovered, he will have a chance to survive without a lung transplant, which was previously believed to be the only viable way to save his life. According to footage provided by Cho Ray Hospital and seen by Tuoi Tre News, the British man is now able to make expressive responses when doctors talk to him. Doctors talk to a British pilot, Vietnam’s COVID-19… Read full this story
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