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50-year-old COVID-19 patient recovers after 75 days, longest in Taiwan

A 50-year-old man, who asked not to be named was hospitalized for 75 days, the longest in the country, after contracting COVID-19, was released from hospital in mid-June, CNA reported.

The man is also a cancer survivor and was confirmed to have contracted COVID-19 by a local hospital in late March. He has symptoms of diarrhea and fatigue before testing positive of the virus.

Due to his rapidly deteriorating respiratory condition, doctors placed him on endotracheal intubation, a procedure to facilitate ventilation of the lungs. Due to respipratory failure, physicians immediately placed on an extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machine.

ECMO is often used to support patients with acute viral pneumonias such as COVID-19. The patient was treated with anti-cytokine drugs only to quickly develop renal failure, and had to be treated for dialysis.

Doctors treating him gave him a 15 percent chance of survival. The patient was on intubation for a total of 37 days and ECMO for 33 days.

The man said he wanted to thank all the medical workers who helped him beat the illness.

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