There was all round despondency, but the gutsy 34-year-old surprised everybody by defeating death with some ‘extra’ lung power.
“Her oxygen saturation levels plummeted to 70 per cent and her lung damage exceeded 95 per cent. So, the doctors put her on ventilation immediately. Her husband had lost all hope because of the failing lungs,” said Dr Parul Banker, medical director, Bankers Heart Institute.
Despite the ventilation, the patient’s vital signs deteriorated and she was at the risk of multi-organ dysfunction due to oxygen deprivation.
The doctors then decided to give her artificial lung support while her damaged lungs got extra time to heal.
“We then decided to give her Extra Corporeal Membrane Oxygenation (ECMO) treatment. Dr Darshan Banker and the ICU doctors took the decision to keep the patient on a prolonged heart lung machine, ECMO, which was the only hope to save her,” Banker added.
ECMO acts as an artificial lung support, bypassing the damaged lungs to allow them time to heal. After eight days of ECMO support, the patient’s lungs began to recover. She is now living a normal life without oxygen support. She was discharged without any complications,” Banker said.
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