After battling with Corona for 101 days Solanki walks home

Gujarat Global News Network, Ahmedabad

Senior Congress leader and ex- President of Gujarat Congress, Bharat Solanki walked out of a hospital today creating a record!! A covid-19 patient Solanki was in the hospital for 101 days including 51 days on ventilator. “ This is my re-birth and I owe it to doctors and hospital staff”, he said.

Solanki was diagnosed positive for COVID 19 on June 21, 2020 and admitted at a private hospital in Vadodara. He was shifted to Care Institute of Medical Sciences (CIMS) in Ahmedabad on June 30. He battled Covid-19, pneumonia, renal failure, coma, paralysis and sepsis here. Due to his prevailing multiple co- morbidities of hypertension, diabetes and asthma, a multi specialty team treated him.

Due to low urine output and renal failure, he was provided advanced Hemodialysis.  During his ICU stay he developed quadriparesis( paralysis) with respiratory involvement. 5 cycles of plasma exchange were done. He could not sit or even sleep properly. He had no strength and not could even raise his arm or leg.

He had significant improvement in muscle power in all limbs during this period. Finally, he started maintaining oxygen level and after valiant efforts, his condition became stable and ventilator support was withdrawn. Standby ECMO system was always kept available to be used.

“After a record hospitalization of 101 days (the longest in India and Asia), we are glad to see the patient going home walking and smiling from Hospital. It has been one of the most difficult Critical Cases,” said Dr Keyur Parikh-Chairman of hospital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Solanki over a phone call and greeted him for his recovery.

Solanki says “The entire team at Hospital, especially the Critical Care team and Management deserves a highest medal of honour to the service they have offered to me and many other patients in the world’s biggest pandemic ever. They have given me a second life”.

Solanki’s primary care was done by COVID Physicians of CIMS Hospital, Dr Bhagyesh Shah, Dr Vipul Thakkar, both senior Critical Care Intensivists, Dr Amit Patel , Senior Pulmonologist, Dr Surabhi Madan (Head of Infectious Disease Dept) and Dr Dhaval Naik, Dr Keyur Parikh, Chairman of Hospital and Nephrologist Dr Mayur Patil.

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