Just over six weeks ago, they warned that Cameron would need a double transplant for his lungs, which only worked about 10%.
But after nearly four months in Ho Chi Minh City hospitals, including 10 weeks on a ventilator, the Vietnam Airlines pilot from Motherwell, Scotland, was released on Saturday and was scheduled to return to the UK in a few hours.
“I am overwhelmed by the generosity of the Vietnamese people, the dedication and professionalism of the doctors and nurses … the chances are that I should not be here, so I can only thank everyone here for what they have done Cameron said when leaving Cho Ray hospital.
“I come home with a happy heart because I come home, but sad because I leave so many people here with whom I have befriended.”
Tran Thanh Linh, Deputy Chief of Critical Care at Cho Ray Hospital, said that “tremendous effort and energy” had gone into rescuing Cameron, who received the best equipment in the country and whose case was saved. attention from everyone, from doctors to government officials.
Just a few weeks after arriving in Vietnam in early February for a new role with the national carrier, Cameron spent an evening at the popular Buddha Bar in Ho Chi Minh City. He tested positive for Covid-19 days later, March 18.
Known as Patient 91, Cameron became the center of huge media attention as the country’s best medical brains gathered to brainstorm treatment options.
The news that he would need a lung transplant was met with 59 donation offers, according to the Ministry of Health.
But after waking up from a coma in late May, there were little signs of improvement – a thumbs up sign for a caring doctor, a trip to the balcony for some sun, and a video of holding him a Motherwell Football Club scarf in the air. Each step towards recovery has made headlines.
Finally, on Saturday – as state media reported that his treatment bill had reached at least $ 150,000 – he was good enough to take a special repatriation flight to London, accompanied by three doctors.
On Friday, Vietnam celebrated 85 days without community transmission of the coronavirus.
The country has only 370 confirmed cases and no deaths, but its borders remain largely closed. More than 10,000 people are currently in compulsory quarantine.