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Covid-19 Update: British Pilot Shows Remarkable Lung Recovery; Case 19 Discharged

It appears the country's COVID-19 death toll will remain at zero.

In a remarkable turnaround, VnExpress reports that Patient 91, the Vietnam Airlines pilot, has recovered so well that he has been taken off ECMO treatment. The British man was on the life support machine for 57 days.

An official from Cho Ray Hospital told the news source that the patient's blood pressure and pulse were stable on Wednesday after he was taken off the machine.

His liver and kidney functions have returned to normal, and his lungs have improved substantially, though he remains on a ventilator now. According to Tuoi Tre, more than half of the patient's left lung has recovered its function and the right lung has shown good progress.

As recently as two weeks ago, he reportedly had just 10% of his normal function remaining, and it was widely believed that a lung transplant would be necessary.

Luong Ngoc Khue, deputy head of the Subcommittee for the Prevention and Treatment of COVID-19, shared with VnExpress that the patient's condition remains severe, and it will be weeks before he will be able to breath without a ventilator and move normally.

Doctors at the hospital are still treating internal infections, while also carrying out physical therapy to help the patient regain the use of his muscles and respiratory system.

Meanwhile, Patient 19, Hanoi's most critical case, was discharged from the National Hospital Tropical Diseases on Wednesday morning, after which she returned home to Saigon. She had been treated for nearly three months, and was on the verge of death multiple times.

The national coronavirus patient total remains at 328, 302 of whom have recovered, while no community transmission has been detected in nearly 50 days.