- One man spent 64 days in a hospital in California where he suffered major complications from the novel coronovirus and was told by the local controversial KTLA.
- Greg Garfield became the first known coronavirus patient to undergo treatment at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California after contracting the virus in February.
- When he was released from the hospital in May, he left without the fingers of his right hand, and most went to his left.
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One person underwent major complications and underwent amputation in a California hospital for 64 days after being ill with the novel coronavirus.
Local outlet KTLA reported that Greg Garfield was treated at Providence St. Joseph Medical Center in Burbank, California. Reportedly he was the first patient to be treated for COVID-19 at that hospital.
The report stated that Garfield’s symptoms worsened quickly and he was put on ventilator for about a month. According to KTLA, doctors gave her a 1% chance of living.
Garfield said he suffered complications from the virus including MRSA, sepsis, kidney failure, liver failure, a pulmonary embolism and a bursting lung. All the fingers of his right hand, and the left one, were controversial.
KTLA reported that Garfield, who was released from the hospital and returned home on May 8, had “his hands never going to be the same.”
He said, “I don’t have fingers anymore.” “It can happen to you.”
Dr. of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. David Kulbar told KTLA that Garfield’s fingers were disputed because of the way the virus affects patients’ blood flow.
“Kovid has an effect on endovascular blood flow, so it actually affects blood flow,” Kulbar told the outlet. “That’s why some youth have had a stroke, and that’s why anticoagulation – putting blood thinners on patients – is now a standard of care for COVID patients.”
Health officials have identified excessive blood clotting as a major symptom of coronovirus infection. As Holly Secon of Business Insider pointed out, blood vessel complications have manifested in the legs, lungs, heart, brain, and skin of coronovirus patients. Although doctors are still not sure how or why the virus triggers excessive clotting, they want to treat these diseases with blood thinners and clot-busting drugs.
Kulbar told KTLA that surgeons were making prosthetics for her fingers that would work “like a bionic hand”. The report states that at least six operations will be required in this process.
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