Victim of Covid-19, 35, is conscious and speaks after surviving a 58-day record on ventilator

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A coronavirus patient who has spent a record 58 days on a ventilator is aware and speaking for the first time since admission to intensive care.

The 35-year-old patient is at Southampton General Hospital and is still supported by a ventilator, although she is not dependent on one.

The hospital’s main consultant for critical care, Dr. Sanjay Gupta, said the patient still had a long way to go before recovery and a long period of rehabilitation, the Sunday Times reported.

Southampton General Hospital's main consultant for intensive care, Dr Sanjay Gupta said the patient had virtually no muscle strength

Southampton General Hospital’s main consultant for intensive care, Dr. Sanjay Gupta said the patient was almost out of muscle strength

He added: “She has practically no muscle strength – barely enough to breathe. If you are on a ventilator or in intensive care, your skeletal muscles decondition.

He added that the more time a patient spends on a ventilator, other problems – like a weakened diaphragm – begin to appear.

Generally, the sickest patients are those who recover the longest and some of those who spend weeks in intensive care have to learn to walk and breathe again.

It occurs after several studies have calculated that the mortality rate for patients on respirators could reach 90%.

Some researchers said some studies only looked at those who died or left hospital and those who were still in intensive care.

Professor Colin Cooke of the Lung and Critical Care Division at the University of Michigan said, “It is always disheartening to know that some people say that if you are under a ventilator, it is a death sentence. “

This comes after several studies have calculated that the mortality rate for patients on respirators could reach 90% (file photo)

This comes after several studies have calculated that the mortality rate for patients on respirators could reach 90% (file photo)

The patient, 35, is at Southampton General Hospital and is still supported by a ventilator, but does not depend on one

Patient, 35, is at Southampton General Hospital and is still supported by a ventilator, but does not depend on one

A study published in the Journal of American Medical Association examined the health records of 5,700 patients hospitalized with the virus at Northwell Health, New York.

The final results were known for 2,634 patients.

He revealed that around 20% of coronavirus patients have died, but for patients on ventilators, 88% have died.

Another study on a sample of 6,720 critically ill coronavirus patients by the National Center for Intensive Research and Audit (ICNARC) found that just under two-thirds of patients requiring ventilation died.

Professor Cooke added that this is not what we are going through and he does not think the data shows it.

In the UK, 10,484 people are hospitalized for coronavirus and 20% of the intensive care beds are occupied by Covid-19 patients.

Fans pump pressurized oxygen directly to the lungs through a tube inserted into the throat

Fans pump pressurized oxygen directly to the lungs through a tube inserted into the throat

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