13 JULY 2020


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Article from BTNews 13 JULY 2020

Vietnam Airline’s Scottish Pilot

Associated Press reports that “Patient 91” has returned to Scotland.

A Scottish pilot who was Vietnam’s most critical Covid-19 patient has been discharged from hospital, less than a week after doctors said he was virus-free and healthy enough to return home.

Remarkably Vietnam has remained fatally free during the world wide pandemic with the most serious case a 42-year old pilot working for Vietnam Airlines, the National carrier. He has been critically ill and spent 65 days on life support.

“I’m overwhelmed by the generosity of the Vietnamese people, the dedication and professionalism of the doctors and nurses working,” the man said on Saturday morning in a video released by the Cho Ray Hospital, where he was last treated.

“I can only thank everybody here for things that they have done,” said Captain Stephen Cameron. “I’m going home with a happy heart because I’m going home, but it is sad that I’m leaving so many people here that I’m friends with.”

The pilot is known in Vietnam as “Patient 91,” as he was the 91st person in the country confirmed to have the coronavirus. He was Vietnam’s last patient in the ICU, and his recovery means the country has still not had any Covid-19 deaths.

“The patient’s recovery has been like a very long flight,” said Dr Tran Thanh Linh, the deputy head of the ICU ward at Cho Ray Hospital, during a meeting between hospital officials, the British Consulate and Vietnam Airlines representatives just before the discharge.

“But he made it,” Dr Linh said. “All of the health workers are overwhelmed with joy to see him fully recovered and being discharged from the hospital today.”


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