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Japanese doctor recounts his experience treating an American coronavirus patient from Diamond Princess

  • April 1, 2020
  • , Yomiuri
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Wednesday’s Yomiuri ran a full-page article about the COVID-19 crisis on the Diamond Princess cruise ship. Ichiro Takeuchi, an emergency medicine professor at Yokohama City University, recounted to the paper his experience treating a 72-year-old American woman who was infected with the virus on the cruise ship. He said she fell seriously ill after being transferred to his hospital on Feb. 10 but has now recovered to where she can speak and walk and breathe without a ventilator after intensive care using such techniques as extracorporeal membrane oxygenation. The doctor said she told him that her being able to walk again is like a miracle.

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