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After 2 Months In A Coma, This UK Based Indian-Origin Doctor ‘Miraculously’ Recovered From COVID-19

Explaining the system, Dr Anusha Gupta said ECMO(Extra Corporal Membrane Oxygenation) is a superior sort of life support system which functions like a pair of lungs while the patient’s lungs rest and heal

After 2 Months In A Coma, This UK Based Indian-Origin Doctor ‘Miraculously’ Recovered From COVID-19

New Delhi: Dr Anusha Gupta, an Indian-origin family physician in Manchester, United Kingdom and a COVID-19 survivor, spent 2 months in medical Coma on an ECMO (Extra Corporal Membrane Oxygenation) machine, considered practically the last resort for 35 days. The 40-year-old tells NDTV that she had bid goodbye to her family including her young daughter before the being ventilated.

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About 2 weeks after my 40th birthday last year, March 2020, I became very unwell and suddenly my condition was deteriorating. The ICU consultant came to see me and said that I would have to be ventilated. At the time, my oxygen saturation was extremely low at about 80 per cent. That was when I called my husband and said I need to see my daughter because I thought I was not going to make it, Dr Gupta said.

She says that her daughter was 18 months old at the time. Once Dr Gupta was ventilated, she was in a medical coma for 2 months. Within that time, 10 days after the ventilation, she had to be placed on an ECMO.

Explaining the system, Dr Gupta said ECMO is a superior sort of life support system which functions like a pair of lungs while the patient’s lungs rest and heal.

ECMO is considered as the most superior from of life support. I was on this for 34 days. It is considered as the last resort to save someone’s life and one has to fit in many criteria to be able to go on ECMO. One of the main questions that one thinks of before ECMO is concluding that a person is sick enough to go for it and if they will have a good outcome, she explained.

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She said that there are only 5 ECMO centres in the UK and she was lucky enough to be admitted in a hospital in Manchester which happens to be one of those 5 centres. Even while on ECMO, her condition had deteriorated before it improved.

Overall, I was in a medical coma for about 2 months, ECMO obviously did save my life, she said.

Dr Gupta had to re-learn standing and walking after she came out of the coma. She spent about 150 days in the hospital at Manchester. Talking about what kept her going during these difficult times, Dr Gupta said,

My family have been absolutely amazing. My daughter, my husband, they have been behind me every step of the way. And the team in the hospital who looked after me, I feel very lucky.

When asked what she would tell patients and families struggling through this second wave of the virus in India, Dr Gupta said,

In India the population is so huge compared to the UK but one thing that worked here that brought the rates down is having strict lockdowns, abiding by social distancing and of course, vaccination.

Admitting that the vaccination rates need to be improved, she said the basic thing, however, is abiding by social distancing rules.

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World

22,70,55,138Cases
18,97,86,461Active
3,25,98,424Recovered
46,70,253Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 22,70,55,138 and 46,70,253 have died; 18,97,86,461 are active cases and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 5:36 am.

India

3,33,81,728 34,403Cases
3,39,0563,867Active
3,25,98,424 37,950Recovered
4,44,248 320Deaths
In India, there are 3,33,81,728 confirmed cases including 4,44,248 deaths. The number of active cases is 3,39,056 and 3,25,98,424 have recovered as on September 17, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,11,525 3,595

52,893 310

63,20,310 3,240

1,38,322 45

Kerala

44,46,228 22,182

1,86,754 4,559

42,36,309 26,563

23,165 178

Karnataka

29,65,191 1,108

16,202 282

29,11,434 808

37,555 18

Tamil Nadu

26,40,361 1,693

16,756 120

25,88,334 1,548

35,271 25

Andhra Pradesh

20,34,786 1,367

14,708 105

20,06,034 1,248

14,044 14

Uttar Pradesh

17,09,628 23

193 11

16,86,549 11

22,886 1

West Bengal

15,59,567 707

8,025 25

15,32,922 725

18,620 7

Delhi

14,38,373 28

409 5

14,12,880 22

25,084 1

Odisha

10,18,298 580

5,335 105

10,04,845 681

8,118 4

Chhattisgarh

10,04,988 31

352 2

9,91,077 29

13,559

Rajasthan

9,54,230 4

103 1

9,45,173 5

8,954

Gujarat

8,25,677 22

149 0

8,15,446 22

10,082

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,374 7

119 5

7,81,738 12

10,517

Haryana

7,70,697 9

327 8

7,60,562 17

9,808

Bihar

7,25,864 12

72 6

7,16,134 6

9,658

Telangana

6,62,785 259

5,282 43

6,53,603 301

3,900 1

Punjab

6,01,180 30

314 11

5,84,399 38

16,467 3

Assam

5,97,074 468

5,381 15

5,85,914 479

5,779 4

Jharkhand

3,48,102 6

102 8

3,42,867 14

5,133

Uttarakhand

3,43,330 20

284 12

3,35,657 32

7,389

Jammu And Kashmir

3,27,466 170

1,421 72

3,21,630 98

4,415

Himachal Pradesh

2,16,430 127

1,568 82

2,11,215 206

3,647 3

Goa

1,75,183 95

699 1

1,71,195 96

3,289

Puducherry

1,25,170 107

963 63

1,22,380 42

1,827 2

Manipur

1,17,913 216

2,614 7

1,13,478 219

1,821 4

Tripura

83,787 31

427 26

82,553 56

807 1

Meghalaya

78,958 229

1,804 140

75,784 86

1,370 3

Mizoram

76,591 1,121

13,888 85

62,449 1,202

254 4

Chandigarh

65,168 4

31 2

64,319 2

818

Arunachal Pradesh

53,990 47

536 9

53,183 56

271

Sikkim

30,802 64

775 28

29,648 36

379

Nagaland

30,763 32

505 14

29,610 44

648 2

Ladakh

20,631 6

41 1

20,383 5

207

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,670

5 0

10,661

4

Lakshadweep

10,353

4 0

10,298

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,595 3

15 2

7,451 1

129

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