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Pinoy in Dubai miraculously survives Covid-19 after going through near-death four times


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A Filipino in Dubai has miraculously recovered from Covid-19 after being over 70 days inside the intensive care unity (ICU) and 60 days on mechanical ventilation and revived four times. 

Francis Naratefeliciano, 46, now on the road to recovery, had a stroke also and horrific sores. An executive for a multinational company, he was not aware of where he contracted the virus. 

“Francis’s case has been one of the most challenging for us. This patient came in a taxi on April 14, complaining of dry cough, ,and fatigue. He had been to two other hospitals a couple of days ago and had been treated and discharged. He had not been tested for Covid-19. However, seeing his symptoms, we immediately took his nasal swab and even before the reports, started all Covid-19 protocols, as he was showing classic symptoms,” Dr. Hydek Matouk, consultant Intensivist and head of the ICU at the Canadian Hospital Dubai, told Gulf News. 

During the first few days of Naratefeliciano in the hospital, he was already considered as a critical patient. 

“He had to shift to the ICU and on mechanical ventilation with an induced coma,” he added. 

For two months, the Filipino executive has battled for his life as his conditions worsened. 

“We almost gave up four times, but the patient persevered,” Dr. Matouk said.

The doctor had to conduct tracheostomy so the patient can breathe and later on inserted another tube to provide nutrients while in the induced coma. He revealed that the patient had occasionally tested negative for Covid-19 and later relapsed into positive. 

In the second week of June, Naratefeliciano was already showing signs of improvements, however, the right side of his body was still immobile. 

Dr. Matouk said that despite all the blood thinners, the patient suffered a stroke as well and a brain CT confirmed blood clot. 

“His lungs have been permanently damaged, the coma and the severe form of the disease made him disoriented and lose his memory temporarily,” the doctor disclosed. 

“I thank God I survived this terrible ordeal and thank the hospital for not giving up on me and taking such good care. My wife Sheila Lisa moved to Edmonton, and my only son, Franz Andres, 18, is studying in the Philippines. The hospital staff was my family for these three months. My wife was so worried but was reassured by the hospital. I was so sick that I have no memory of the months in between. I feel better now. I am able to talk with my family on video chat and am hoping to recover completely and look forward to meeting my wife and son soon,” Naratefelicano told Gulf News. 

Photo by Gulf News

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