SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. – The first COVID-19 patient in Arizona has survived after being placed on a rare life-support machine.
According to HonorHealth, the 53-year-old patient was admitted to HonorHealth Deer Valley Medical Center after experiencing coronavirus-related symptoms, including fever, chills, body aches, and nausea.
The man had recently traveled overseas and his condition rapidly deteriorated. He was then transferred to HonorHealth John C. Lincoln Medical Center where he was placed on extracorporeal membrane oxygenation therapy.
ECMO therapy removes blood from the body, pumps oxygen into the blood, and pumps it back into the body, helping relieve strain on damaged lungs and hearts.
During the ECMO treatment, the man spent 10 days in a medically-induced coma. On day 11, he woke up, became immediately responsive, and even began FaceTiming with his family while recovering in the ICU.
“The survival of our patient required a tremendous team effort including physicians respiratory therapists, nurses and even housekeeping to address unique ways in which to care for, monitor and sanitize our unit for the best possible care,” Dr. Robert Riley said. “I can’t emphasize enough that this was truly an out-of-the-box approach to care.”
HonorHealth says the man is one of the first COVID-19 ECMO survivors in the country documented through the national registry Extracorporeal Life Support Organization, which currently lists only 10 survivors worldwide.
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