British pilot to fly home after 4-month virus battle in Vietnam

  • Sunday 12, July 2020 01:00 PM
Sharjah 24 – AFP:A British pilot who spent more than 2 months on life support in Vietnam after contracting COVID-19 was on his way home Saturday, astounding doctors who gave him just 10 percent chance of survival.
Stephen Cameron, 42, was the sickest patient medics have had to treat during the coronavirus outbreak in the Communist nation, which has recorded no official deaths following a fast and aggressive response to the pandemic.

Little more than 6 weeks ago, they warned that Cameron would need a double transplant for his lungs, which were only functioning at around 10 percent.
But after nearly 4 months in hospitals in Ho Chi Minh City, including 10 weeks on a ventilator, the Vietnam Airlines pilot from Motherwell, Scotland was discharged Saturday and was due to fly back to the UK within hours.

"I'm overwhelmed by the generosity of the Vietnamese people, the dedication and professionalism of the doctors and nurses. I can only thank everybody here for what they've done," Cameron said as he left Cho Ray Hospital.

"I go home with a happy heart because I'm going home but a sad one because I'm leaving so many people here that I've made friends with," he added.

Tran Thanh Linh, deputy head of ICU at Cho Ray Hospital, said that huge effort and energy had gone into saving Cameron, who was given the country's best equipment and whose case had captured the attention of everyone from doctors to government officials.