“All efforts to strengthen India’s fight against the pandemic are on,” said Civil Aviation Minister Hardeep Singh Puri, after Air India flew 328 oxygen concentrators to India in an effort to battle the dearth of oxygen faced by covid patients in hospitals across the country. While cases are still on the rise, reports suggest that nearly 99% patients are recovering from coronavirus.
In more such news, a 75-year-old woman’s loved ones in Mumbai were told she may not survive more than 24 hours. However, not only did she fight severe Covid, but the spirited lady won her battle with the illness and went home after 13 days!
The woman who lives in Dombivli, Mumbai had a high fever for 3-4 days before her son discovered that her oxygen saturation was 69%. She was then instantly rushed to Ghatkopar’s Sonagra Medical and Surgical Centre, reports TOI.
“Her oxygen dependence went up from 80% to 100%. She was breathing with great difficulty,” admitted her doctor. At the time, Shailaja had a 25/25 CT (computed tomography) score. This was deemed the most severe score. She was treated with Remdesivir in addition to other antibiotics.
“When we were told she may have just 24 hours to live, my mind had stopped working but my heart said she was a fighter. None of us gave up,” said Prashant, her son.
He revealed that his mother’s condition finally improved after five days and that was when her oxygen dependence reduced. Dr Sonagra confirmed that Shailaja was taken off Bipap after 12 days. However, she will continue to needed oxygen support at home and it may take as long as 6 months to make a complete recovery. “My mother says she has touched death and come back,” her son insisted.
“Her recovery was a sweet victory against the virus we are all so desperately fighting. She was a diabetic who came to us with near 100% lung involvement, went on to need complete ventilator support and came out of it,” said Dr Rajaram Sonagra, who had been treating her.
Shailaja was discharged from the hospital on Wednesday, but not before the doctors celebrated her unexpected recovery by cutting a cake with her. The delicious cake was iced with her CT score of 25/25, a testament to the fact that her spirit and their dedication helped Shailaja achieve what was a miraculous recovery.