BY: Michelle Liew
We have seen many cases where people contracted COVID-19 but lack of stories as to how these patients overcome the virus.
Recently, a doctor working at a hospital in Kuala Lumpur took the liberty to share a story of how an elderly patient of hers made full recovery from the virus despite having a weakened immune system due to his pre-existing comorbidities.
Dr Mimi Nashra took it to Facebook to share how the patient, who is in his 60s and suffers from hypertension and hyperlipidemia as well as being an insulin-dependent diabetes patient managed to fight the virus and fully recover from it.
Meet my patient, a 60++ years old gentleman with multiple comorbids – diabetes on insulin injection, hypertension and…
While most people may brush it off thinking the patient was not vaccinated, Dr Mimi highlights that on the contrary, the patient was fully vaccinated. He completed his second dose in June. Despite that, he still succumbed to the hands of COVID-19.
“Unfortunately, recently, he contracted [the] COVID-19 virus in [the] community,” said Dr Mimi.
“He was admitted for a few days with lowest oxygen requirement, given lowest steroid dose as well as had short length of stay in the ward.”
“His saturation of oxygen under room air was 97% to 98%.”
Oxygen saturation values of 95% to 100% are considered normal. Nevertheless, the patient was strong enough to fight the virus and exited the hospital a champion.
“Today (17 August), he is discharged from [the] ward with a big smile! Goodbye, uncle! Stay safe!” She stated that she was a “happy doctor” upon sharing the good news.
The physician, currently stationed at the Tuanku Mizan Military Hospital in Kuala Lumpur, has debunked some of the ongoing myths that the vaccine “cures” COVID-19. To clear any doubts, it is stated that while fully vaccinated individuals might still get infected with the virus, they have a much stronger resistance against the COVID-19 symptoms compared to non-vaccinated individuals.
Statistics have shown that number of admissions have decreased and there are fewer elderly patients due to the strong resistance provided by the vaccines. Therefore, she urges everyone to quickly register themselves for vaccination in case they have not, so that Malaysia can achieve herd immunity.