Son moves wedding to Aster Hospital after doctors help his father survive a life-threatening illness
Critical Care Medicine Specialists ensured recovery of the patient with rare Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS) in UAE
ARDS is a rapidly progressive lung disease occurring in critically ill patients.
ARDS is associated with increasing mortality, with estimates ranging from 26 to 58% in patients. Mortality increases with disease severity.
Dubai, UAE, July 2, 2018: In an unusual yet heart-warming case, a Bangladeshi patient Mr. Shahadat Chowdhury overcame a rare life-threatening illness called Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS), and recovered to witness his only son’s wedding at Aster Hospital Mankhool, when his health did not allow him to fly to Canada to attend the ceremony.
When Mr. Shahadat visited the hospital with severe breathing difficulty and fever, he was immediately admitted as an emergency case. “Investigation of his condition revealed that he suffered from ARDS (Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome), in which major parts of the lung become non-functional, also called ‘stiff lung’. The main complication in ARDS is that fluid leaks into the lungs making breathing difficult or impossible. This is either caused due to a direct effect on the lungs like lung infection or can have indirect causes like sepsis. In this case, the patient presented with respiratory symptoms and very rapid deterioration,” said Dr. Alai Taggu, Specialist Physician and H.O.D Critical Care Medicine at Aster Hospital, Mankhool.
Statistics reflect that 45-75% of these cases result in death. However, critical care specialists at Aster Hospital and Mr. Shahadat’s family did not give up hope. Mr. Shahadat was started on rigorous treatment protocols recommended by the World ARDS society. He was intubated and put on ventilator life support (specialized approaches like high oxygen percentage and PEEP ventilation) for more than 14 days. After 2 grueling weeks of care and medications, he was weaned off the ventilator, and progressed to breathing support machines with oxygen.
“The team at Aster Hospital, Mankhool took good care of me and my family. The Critical Care Medicine team treating me were very perceptive of all my needs. They made us feel like a family member was taking care of us, and we felt at home. I thank the hospital and team of doctors for giving me a second life,” expressed Mr. Shahadat Chowdhury
Even though out of danger and on the road to recovery at the hospital, Mr. Shahadat is not advised to fly because of the difference in oxygen levels at higher altitudes. His son who was to get married in Canada in July, flew down to Dubai upon learning of the father’s health. Given his condition, the son and his fiancé made a special request to get married at Aster Hospital Mankhool and solemnize their marriage with the blessing of their parents. A small ceremony was organized at the hospital’s conference hall on Saturday, 30 June at 8 pm.
“As Aster, we are committed to going beyond medicine, and constantly work towards taking care of our patients in special ways. Mr. Shahadat’s recovery is a great achievement for all of us. Our critical care team handled the case with exceptional dedication and expertise. We are very glad that we could help the family come together, and create moments that they will cherish for the rest of their life” expressed Dr. Sherbaz Bichu, Chief Executive Officer and Specialist Anesthetist at Aster Hospital, Mankhool
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