26.06.2020, 16:11

UK ambassador thanks Vietnam for saving British pilot

UK ambassador thanks Vietnam for saving British pilot
British Consul General Ian Gibbons joins the ambassador during the visit

Meeting with the hospital’s management, the ambassador said he completely believes in the qualification and ethics of the doctors at the hospital which is described as one of the leading hospitals in combating COVID-19 in Vietnam.

The ambassador visited several departments at the hospital, especially the testing department which has performed more than 15,000 RT-PCR tests for the SARS-CoV-2 virus since the COVID-19 epidemic broke out in Vietnam.

He also visited the Oxford University Clinical Research Unit (OUCRU) which has been collaborating with the hospital in carrying out research projects on infectious diseases since 1991.

In the context of the complex nature of the COVID-19 pandemic worldwide, the British Ambassador said the British Embassy will work closely with the Hospital of Tropical Diseases in Ho Chi Minh City to provide better health care for both British and Vietnamese citizens.

The British pilot, a 43-year-old man, had stayed at the HCM City-based Hospital of Tropical Diseases for COVID-19 treatment for 65 days. He had to battle for life as his lungs were seriously damaged due to infection complications. He was put on ECMO, a life support machine, to save his life.

He has gradually recovered since he was transferred to Cho Ray hospital, also in Ho Chi Minh City. He now can breathe unaided, walk, communicate well with others, and have been practicing physical therapy before being discharged from hospital.