A father in New Mexico who believed COVID-19 was not serious had to undergo a double lung transplant. Today, he has changed his mind.
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Arthur Sanchez, a father of two, contracted the new coronavirus in April and was admitted to hospital on the 12th, we learned in a statement from St. Joseph’s Hospital and Medical Center.
After a few days, he was able to return home. This stay was short-lived since the next day he had to be readmitted and placed on a ventilator.
The ventilator did not improve Arthur’s condition, who had to have the help of a technique used as a last resort: extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO). He needed the machine for 93 days.
In the end, the doctors had no other choice and performed a double lung transplant. It was the third in the country for patients suffering from COVID.
Arthur ultimately spent over 100 days, or over three months, in the hospital.
“Before my family started getting sick, I thought it was just another flu virus causing a stir. And there you have it, it took us a beating, ”Sanchez said.
Several members of Arthur’s family have also caught the disease: his wife, his mother, two sisters and a brother-in-law. The latter also died of the disease.