Meghalaya: 65-year-old woman beats COVID-19, discharged from Nazareth hospital


SHILLONG | SEPT 6, 2020:

A 65-year-old COVID-19 patient, who was earlier admitted at Nazareth Hospital in Shillong, Meghalaya with severe respiratory distress, recovered from the virus after testing negative on the 22nd day of her hospital stay on September 3.

According to the hospital authorities, the elderly woman was presented to Nazareth Hospital with fever, severe respiratory distress for seven days, oxygen saturation of 65 per cent and signs of severe pneumonia on August 13. She was tested COVID-19 positive on admission.

She is a known patient of Diabetes, Hypertension, Hypothyroidism and Chronic obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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"She was aggressively treated for COVID-19 pneumonia as there was evidence of cytokine storm and severe bilateral lung infiltrates in chest X-ray," Administrator of Nazareth Hospital, Sister Noreen said in a release issued here on Saturday.

The woman was treated with a combination of medicines and required oxygen up to 70 litres per minute to maintain her oxygen level. She was not intubated at any point of her stay, added Sr Noreen.

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By the second week of treatment, she improved 'significantly' and only had minimal symptoms on exertion and on September 3, she was tested negative for COVID-19 by RT-PCR on the 22nd day of her hospital stay.

''Yes you need to be cautious and stay safe, but do not panic or be paranoid about the COVID pandemic. If you are in the high-risk group like age above 60 years and any other co-morbid conditions, you must take extra care," the hospital administrator said.