The worsening health condition of humorist Paulo Gustavo, 42, made the medical team that takes care of him choose another treatment to help him win the battle against covid-19.
Admitted to an ICU of a hospital in Rio de Janeiro since March 13 and intubated on the last 21, the comedian showed signs of improvement, but ended up having a worsening in his situation this Friday (2). As a result, he is now breathing with the help of ECMO (extracorporeal membrane oxygenation). The equipment works like an artificial lung and oxygenates the blood outside the body.
According to doctors, this type of treatment is used only in very severe patients who no longer respond to mechanical ventilation. “ECMO is a complex and risky therapy, indicated for patients who have a 90% chance of dying. It is resuscitating the patient,” explained Marina Pinheiro Rocha Fantini, coordinator of Pediatric Cardiology and the ECMO team of the Mater Dei Network of Saúde, in an interview with the State of Minas, in July of last year The doctor is not responsible for the treatment of the comedian, but performs the procedure in several patients with covid-19 in Minas Gerais.
According to a survey conducted in July last year, ECMO managed to save about 55% of patients who used the technique in Brazil.
In a note, Paulo Gustavo’s team said that they chose to change the treatment so that his lung could work better. “We opted for the initiation of adjunctive therapy with ECMO, with the aim of allowing a better recovery of lung function”, said the professionals in a note. “After the aggravation occurred, the situation has remained stable for the past few hours.”
Earlier, Paulo Gustavo’s father had already been concerned about the humorist’s situation and asked for prayers for his son. “Paulo Gustavo is facing an arduous and painful struggle. Therefore, on this Easter Sunday, blessed, we will unite our faith, with great strength and energy, at 6 pm, a very strong schedule on a very special day. Each with their faith , religion, belief, but mainly, a lot of energy “, wrote Julio Marcos.
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