“Patient 91,” a 43-year-old Vietnam Airlines pilot in Ho Chi Minh City, has started having cough responses, could move the tips of his fingers, make basic communication and follow doctors’ simple instructions, said Doctor Nguyen Tri Thuc, director of Cho Ray Hospital.Thuc said this development happened two days after doctors stopped using muscle relaxants on him and gradually reduced his sedation dosage. His thoracic diaphragm and limbs, however, remained weak or paralyzed.Doctors also stopped dialysis again after having restored the treatment for 24 hours.The patient’s condition is still severely critical, but his awareness, blood oxygen level and kidney functions have improved compared to two days earlier, the doctor said.According to a treatment sub-committee set up by the Health Ministry, X-ray images of the patient’s lungs Wednesday afternoon showed small improvement, and doctors have reduced the blood flow through the ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation) system from 4.5 liters per minute last Friday to 4 liters per minute.ECMO is a technique that pumps blood out of the body and to a heart-lung machine that removes carbon dioxide and sends oxygen-filled blood back.While the patient’s lung functions have shown improvements, these are still not enough, Thuc said. He would still have to undergo… Read full this story
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