A Ruby Princess Crew Member Spent A Month On A Ventilator In A Coma. Doctors Couldn’t Contact His Wife.
A 38-year-old crew member on the controversial Ruby Princess cruise ship has spent the last month on a ventilator because of severe respiratory failure caused by COVID-19, with officials unable to contact his wife.
An intensive care doctor treating the man was forced to approach a tribunal last Thursday to seek urgent approval to remove the breathing tube from his mouth and insert it through his neck instead.
The man, a foreign national, fell ill while on board the Ruby Princess. He was intubated on the ship and later transferred to a public hospital onshore.
On the day of the urgent hearing about his treatment, he had been intubated and sedated for 30 days, 25 of those as a hospital inpatient.
The man’s condition was improving and doctors had tried to reduce his sedation, but each time he became more conscious he became distressed and tried to remove his breathing tube.
The night before the hearing, the cuff of his tube had burst because it had not been replaced since he was first intubated. His life was at real risk if the tube was not removed, his doctor said.
She wanted to perform a percutaneous tracheostomy — the …continued .