Pune man recovers of COVID after fighting for 67 days in ICU

Pune COVID patient recovers after 67 days in ICU
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Mehab Qureshi

Pune, August 26, 2020: As Pune faces its worst month of Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, defeating the deadly virus has turned out to be the survival of the fittest.

In a miraculous incident, Sandeep Kumbhar, resident of Hadapsar, who runs a small workshop in Hadapsar to support his family, was tested positive and admitted to Noble Hospital on June 17, 2020, with symptoms of fever, cough, and breathlessness. On the first day itself, doctors noticed that his condition was deteriorating, so he was rushed to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

With the aid of a machine in ICU, he was able to breathe for 12 days. However, the doctors noticed that his lungs were not functioning properly and decided to keep him on a ventilator. After a total of 52 days, he was kept off the ventilator and was admitted to the general ward.

Around the world, only eight to ten percent of COVID patients on ventilators recover, and the remaining 90 percent die, but in the case of Sandeep Kumbhar, this is a miracle. This could only be possible with the guidance of Dr Dilip Mane and Executive Director, Dr HK Sale. Under the intense administrative supervision of ICU Director Dr ZA Khan, infectious disease specialist Dr Amit Dravid, nurses, other doctors, and housekeeping staff worked day and night to save Sandeep Kumbhar.

Managing Director, Noble Hospital, Dr Dilip Mane, said that the team at Noble Hospital has been working tirelessly during the Corona crisis.

“To date, we have successfully treated more than 1,600 COVID patients. We are happy that we were able to save the life of Sandeep Kumbhar, but it also boosts the doctors’ morale”, said Dr HK Sale, Executive Director, Noble Hospital.

The management of Noble Hospital has also given a 50 percent discount on the bill charged as per the government rules considering the financial condition of Sandeep Kumbhar’s family.