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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
Highlights
  • Dr Gupta had bid goodbye to her family before being ventilated
  • 10 days after the ventilation, Dr Gupta had to be placed on an ECMO
  • Dr Gupta spent about 150 days in the hospital at Manchester

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

26,10,35,501Cases
22,18,42,204Active
3,39,98,278Recovered
51,95,019Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 196 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 26,10,35,501 and 51,95,019 have died; 22,18,42,204 are active cases and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 3:39 am.

India

3,45,72,523 8,774Cases
1,05,6911,328Active
3,39,98,278 9,481Recovered
4,68,554 621Deaths
In India, there are 3,45,72,523 confirmed cases including 4,68,554 deaths. The number of active cases is 1,05,691 and 3,39,98,278 have recovered as on November 28, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

66,33,612 507

11,905 248

64,80,799 738

1,40,908 17

Kerala

51,29,359 4,741

49,152 957

50,40,528 5,144

39,679 554

Karnataka

29,95,285 322

6,783 143

29,50,306 176

38,196 3

Tamil Nadu

27,24,731 740

8,382 36

26,79,895 765

36,454 11

Andhra Pradesh

20,72,446 248

2,158 5

20,55,856 253

14,432

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,373 5

86 5

16,87,377 9

22,910 1

West Bengal

16,14,152 701

7,820 27

15,86,882 717

19,450 11

Delhi

14,40,834 27

290 11

14,15,448 37

25,096 1

Odisha

10,48,492 264

2,222 6

10,37,864 255

8,406 3

Chhattisgarh

10,06,733 27

326 7

9,92,814 20

13,593

Rajasthan

9,54,741 26

187 13

9,45,599 13

8,955

Gujarat

8,27,382 28

291 17

8,16,999 45

10,092

Madhya Pradesh

7,93,120 23

112 9

7,82,480 14

10,528

Haryana

7,71,654 11

159 1

7,61,441 10

10,054

Bihar

7,26,212 3

39 6

7,16,510 9

9,663

Telangana

6,75,479 160

3,545 11

6,67,946 148

3,988 1

Assam

6,16,435 123

2,720 71

6,07,624 189

6,091 5

Punjab

6,03,190 17

313 22

5,86,284 39

16,593

Jharkhand

3,49,216 20

109 0

3,43,967 20

5,140

Uttarakhand

3,44,183 14

150 6

3,36,626 8

7,407

Jammu And Kashmir

3,36,386 149

1,724 5

3,30,189 141

4,473 3

Himachal Pradesh

2,26,941 82

809 18

2,22,287 97

3,845 3

Goa

1,78,839 40

275 9

1,75,183 31

3,381

Mizoram

1,34,279 358

4,117 110

1,29,672 466

490 2

Puducherry

1,28,860 35

326 5

1,26,662 30

1,872

Manipur

1,25,117 19

673 1

1,22,474 18

1,970 2

Tripura

84,784 13

89 9

83,874 3

821 1

Meghalaya

84,414 20

308 27

82,635 44

1,471 3

Chandigarh

65,443 5

52 4

64,571 1

820

Arunachal Pradesh

55,269 9

37 4

54,952 5

280

Sikkim

32,211 4

114 5

31,694 9

403

Nagaland

32,100 4

135 1

31,269 5

696

Ladakh

21,494 27

249 6

21,032 21

213

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,683

1 0

10,678

4

Lakshadweep

10,394

28 1

10,315 1

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,680 2

5 2

7,546

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