Earlier, Luca (born in 1965 and lives in Hoc Mon district, Ho Chi Minh City) tested positive for SARS-CoV-2 and was hospitalized on December 11, 2021 to Military Hospital 175’s COVID-19 Patient Treatment Center as he developed severe symptoms, including dyspnea, tachypnea, and respiratory muscle contraction.

Military Hospital 175's leaders hands over COVID-19 clearance certificate to the Italian patient. 

After using high-flow nasal cannula oxygen therapy (HFNC), anti-viral drug Remdesivir, anticoagulant medicines, and hemoperfusion, the patient showed poor response to treatment and had to use ventilator.

Doctors of the COVID-19 Patient Treatment Center decided to use extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) on the seventh day of treatment. However, the patient developed various complications, including coagulopathy, pneumonia, and sepsis. Doctors had to use new-generation antibiotics, Agatropan anticoagulant, and immune globulin and provided nutritional support for him.

Thanks to the wholehearted care of medical personnel of the COVID-19 Patient Treatment Center, the Italian patient’s conditions gradually improved. As he could breath and walk, and vital signs were stable, doctors decided to discharge him from the hospital.

Head of the Italian Consular Office in Ho Chi Minh City Claudio Vivilecchia congratulates Luca on being recovered.

At the event on March 11, Head of the Italian Consular Office in Ho Chi Minh City Claudio Vivilecchia thanked the Board of Directors and medical personnel of Hospital 175 for their dedicated care and treatment for Italian citizens, specifically Luca. He recalled that during the treatment, the hospital regularly updated the Italian diplomatic agency in Ho Chi Minh City and his family on the situation of the patient.

On the occasion, the diplomat wished the hospital to made more achievements in healthcare for Vietnamese people and foreign citizens. At the same time, he congratulated Luca on his recovery and discharge from the hospital and wished him to soon resume his normal life.

According to Major General Nguyen Hong Son, Director of Military Hospital 175, so far the COVID-19 Patient Treatment Center has received and treated around 5,500 severe patients, including 20 foreigners from different countries.

He said that the successful treatment of severe foreign patients has not only affirmed the professional qualifications of the hospital’s doctors and nurses, but also demonstrated the spirit of Vietnam that always gives the best care and treatment to patients. The deed has practically contributed to strengthening solidarity and friendship between Vietnam and other countries.

Luca and his family members

At the event, Major General Nguyen Hong Son praised and appreciated the efforts of doctors and nurses of the COVID-19 Patient Treatment Center and congratulated Luca on the reunion with his family.

On the occasion, the Board of Directors of Military Hospital 175 awarded and presented flowers and gifts to the medical team who treated Luca and presented flowers to congratulate the patient.

Translated by Tran Hoai