110-year-old grandmother with Covid-19 recovers

Ho Chi Minh CityA 110-year-old woman with cardiovascular disease and respiratory failure after contracting Covid-19 was saved by doctors and nurses of Gia Dinh People’s Hospital.

Doctor Duong Minh Tri, Head of Covid-19 B3 Treatment Department, Gia Dinh People’s Hospital, said that the old woman, who lives in Binh Tan district, was hospitalized on September 6, in a state of respiratory failure, SpO2 decreased, cough and fever. must breathe oxygen.

Determining that the elderly woman was weak, her condition was severe, she had many underlying diseases, so the doctors immediately brought her to the intensive care unit. The doctors and nurses tried to combine many measures, using drugs according to the regimen, nutrition to support her body, and encourage her spirit when she was panicking. After 4 days in the hospital, she could stop breathing oxygen and breathe on her own with air.

Two days later, the patient’s RT-PCR test results were negative, and the patient was discharged home for follow-up. According to Dr. Tri, one of the factors that helped the old woman win over Covid-19 was being hospitalized in time to get worse, responding to treatment and receiving two shots of the vaccine in August.

The old woman was discharged from Gia Dinh People’s Hospital. Photo: Bich Hanh.

On the afternoon of September 16, Gia Dinh People’s Hospital also completed the discharge procedure for 500th Covid-19 patient. Male patient 34 years old, hospitalized one month ago, severe respiratory failure (ARDS), intervention with intensive treatment measures (CRRT – continuous dialysis) on the background of more than 100kg obese.

Doctor Huynh Minh Hong, Head of Covid-19 A2 Treatment Department, said that upon admission, the male patient had difficulty breathing, respiratory failure progressed from oxygen mask to high-dose oxygen (HFNC), and then had to be intubated. Management of mechanical ventilation combined with continuous dialysis, prone lying, physical therapy, nutritional enhancement.

Nurse Nguyen Thi Ngoc Thao (Head Nurse of Covid-19 Treatment Department A2) said that the patient was young, very scared and worried, and had to be encouraged and supported mentally. Weighing more than 100kg, during the care process, there must be 2-3 nurses and aides to turn around for the patient.

“Caring for normal patients is already hard, but Covid-19 patients are even more difficult because they have to wear PPE suits and patients with severe conditions are more stressed,” said nurse Dao.

Nearly a month of intensive treatment, the patient made a spectacular recovery, discharged from the hospital with a negative PCR test result. “During the time at the hospital, I saw that the doctors were very dedicated, stayed up at night, did not get a good night’s sleep. Only the patients understood what the doctor did for them, always worried about monitoring the situation.” , the patient expressed when he was discharged from the hospital. He reminded everyone to adhere to 5K, if unfortunately infected with Covid-19 try to eat and drink, don’t give up to have more fighting power.

A 34-year-old male patient was discharged from the hospital on the afternoon of September 16.  Photo: Bich Hanh.

A 34-year-old male patient was discharged from the hospital on the afternoon of September 16. Photo: Bich Hanh.

Gia Dinh People’s Hospital from July 27th implemented Covid-19 treatment phase 1 including 57 resuscitation beds for severe F0 and elderly patients including high techniques such as ECMO, invasive mechanical ventilation, HFNC , dialysis…

By the beginning of August 2021, the hospital continued to deploy phase 2, adding 247 beds for emergency resuscitation, receiving many critically ill patients, at peak times the facility had to operate at full capacity 55 invasive ventilators. . At the same time, the hospital still maintains a non-Covid-19 medical treatment block to serve the medical examination and treatment needs of the people.

Le Phuong