Coronavirus: doctors study the brain of a young “miraculous” patient

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Par Charlie Jones
BBC News

image copyrightKaitlyn Taylor

legendOmar Taylor spent six weeks in hospital with coronavirus

Doctors studied the brain of a father of two who became the youngest patient in the world to have suffered a stroke from a coronavirus.

Omar Taylor, 31, spent six weeks at Colchester General Hospital with coronavirus, pneumonia, sepsis, respiratory failure and stroke.

His recovery amazed doctors and his family, who described him as a “miracle”

when he was released from the hospital.

Mr Taylor said he hoped his case could benefit future treatment of patients.

The case has helped doctors understand the effects of the virus on the brain.

image copyrightBritish Journal of Hospital Medecine

legendDoctors found multiple micro-bleeds suggesting a Covid-19-induced ‘cytokine storm’

Stroke consultant Dr Joseph Ngeh looked after Mr Taylor and co-authored the report for the British Journal of Hospital Medicine.

He said he hoped it would increase awareness of the potential risk of Covid-19 patients having a stroke.

“Omar is the youngest patient we have found in the medical literature to have had a stroke caused by the virus,” he said.

“His case is very intriguing and I will remember it for the rest of my life.

“We are learning more about the virus every day and now we know that it can cause an inflammatory response that can lead to stroke, even for very young patients, like Omar.

image copyrightKaitlyn Taylor
legendOmar Taylor is back home with his two children and wife Kaitlyn, who described his recovery as a miracle

Mr Taylor’s brain imaging showed unusual features in such a young patient who had no risk factors for stroke, he added, with “several micro-bleeds” suggesting a “storm. cytokines ”induced by Covid-19.

“He had the most serious stroke you could have and his brain was under attack from both sides,” said Dr Ngeh. “The vast majority of patients would need 24 hour care after this type of stroke. “

Mr Taylor of the BBC: “I am very happy that the medical team has taken such an interest in my case and I hope that this may benefit doctors in the future when treating patients who are in such a condition. review similar to me and save lives like they did for me. ”

He spent 20 days on a ventilator in intensive care before being transferred to the stroke unit and eventually discharged.

A fundraising page created by a friend has raised almost £ 19,000, which the family is using to fund daily therapy sessions at the home in Rowhedge, near Colchester.

image copyrightKaitlyn Taylor
legendKaitlyn Taylor has said her husband Omar is an amazing father to their children Vivienne, four, and Harrison, who is almost two.

His wife Kaitlyn, who trained as a nurse at the hospital, said she was “incredibly proud” of him.

Mr Taylor ended up with a weak right hand and limited speech, but he “really improved” and “works really hard,” she said.

He hopes to resume his role as Regional Director of Care UK soon.

image copyrightKaitlyn Taylor

legendKaitlyn Taylor took this photo of her husband Omar through a hospital window when she was not allowed to see him in person

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