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Samut Sakhon governor remains on ventilator with serious lung infection after Covid-19

Caitlin Ashworth



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After nearly recovering from Covid-19, the Samut Sakhon governor was diagnosed with a bacterial infection in his lungs and now remains on a ventilator after nearly a month of the breathing treatment. Doctors are now doing hourly checks to monitor governor Verasak Vichitsangsri’s condition.

While the 58 year old governor’s Covid-19 infection has subsided, the virus negatively affected his lung function, doctors say. The bacterial infection is now destroying some of his lung tissue. Verasak is also diagnosed with cerebrovascular disease, which affects blood flow to the brain. The governor’s brain function has been affected by the infection, according to dean of the Faculty of Medicine at Siriraj Hospital, Prasit Watanapa. He did not go into detail about how the brain function was affected.

“All we have to do is administer antibiotics and remove mucus as much as possible to reduce infection in the body. As for the work of the brain, there has been an effect because the governor is older and has underlying cerebrovascular disease. The medical team is doing their best. “

The bacterial infection was resistant to the first round of antibiotics and doctors are now trying another antibiotic, according Prasit. Doctors will monitor the governor’s condition for the next 72 hours to see if his body responds to the medicine.

Verasak tested positive for Covid-19 last month reporting symptoms of a sore throat and cough. He was diagnosed with lung inflammation and put on a ventilator a few days later. Doctors treated him with the antiviral drug Favipiravir.

Last week, doctors announced Verasak’s condition was improving and he would be taken off the ventilator.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand


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    Issan John

    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 7:54 pm

    Very unfortunate.

    A study in the UK, reported yesterday, found that after recovering from Covid-19 and being being released from hospital, one third of those hospitalised return to hospital and one in eight of those die within eight months.

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      Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 9:18 pm

      In other words, very weak individuals who partially succumb to covid are likely to partially succumb and or die from other illness as covid makes them weaker. Thanks Issan John, always enlightening!

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      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:09 pm

      One in eight of those originally hospitalised or one in eight of hose returning to hospital die within eight months?

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    Wednesday, January 20, 2021 at 9:02 pm

    We should all check our pockets for any excess liberty we might be holding on to. It could save lives!

    You there! Yes you! I saw you having fun! I saw you jogging in the park! People are dying! You need to stay home and be miserable until all death is cured. Being healthy is NOT allowed!

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      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 12:26 am

      What a drama queen! You have permission to go jogging. I go frequently and haven’t caught COVID yet.

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    Toby Andrews

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 1:16 am

    He had a heath condition already. This is what is dangerous.

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    James Pate

    Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 5:34 am

    So sorry to hear this. I really don’t know anyone in his age group that doesn’t have at least some kind of underlying condition, even if it’s controlled with medication (me included). Wishing the governor a full recovery!?

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      James Pate

      Thursday, January 21, 2021 at 9:17 am

      My emoji was replaced with “?”. I didn’t intend that, sorry.

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Caitlin Ashworth is a writer from the United States who has lived in Thailand since 2018. She graduated from the University of South Florida St. Petersburg with a bachelor’s degree in journalism and media studies in 2016. She was a reporter for the Daily Hampshire Gazette In Massachusetts. She also interned at the Richmond Times-Dispatch in Virginia and Sarasota Herald-Tribune in Florida.

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