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Covid-19: Ang moh runs up US$85,000 bill

In Vietnam on 01/07/2020 at 7:13 am

Fortunately for him and us, it’s not here.

An ang moh pilot who got Covid-19 while boozing at the Buddha Bar* in Ho Chi Min City was put on an Ecmo machine for eight-and-a-half weeks.  This machine is only used in the most extreme cases, to try to keep a patient alive. The machine extracts blood from a patient’s body and infuse it with oxygen, before pumping it back in.

An Ecmo machine costs US$5,000-10,000 a day to operate and he was reliant on one for eight-and-a-half weeks.

The ongoing wrangling over who will cover the costs are causing him stress and diverting attention away from his recovery. At first, the Hospital for Tropical Diseases paid out of its own pocket for his treatment. Then, it seemed the British embassy would intervene. His work insurance eventually covered the cost. But the funds for his stay in Cho Ray Hospital are still up in the air.

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-53196009

If he had died, it would have been a first for Vietnam: no recorded death from Covid-19.


*The Buddha bar cluster, as it became known in the local press, was the single biggest outbreak of coronavirus in south Vietnam, infecting nearly 20 people both indirectly and directly.

BBC
  1. if the above pilot were non-western national and non-white, vietnam wouldn’t have spent this much $$$ on him.

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