In late March, a group of Canadian doctors decided to visit an older patient who was suffering from a chronic infection.
A nurse told the patients that they should take an antibiotic for the infection and keep him hydrated.
The nurse was shocked to see the older man, in his 60s, had already been given the antibiotic.
“He looked like he was about to pass out,” the nurse recalled.
The man was taken to the hospital for a CT scan.
The doctor took a look at his CT scan, but saw no sign of infection.
The patient’s condition was stable, but the doctor was worried that the infection had spread.
He was shocked when the doctor told him that he should get a CT of his own, and that he needed to get the antibiotic ASAP.
“It was just a nightmare,” he said.
“The hospital was full of antibiotics.
It was an extremely stressful situation.
I thought I’d never get to see my son again.”
The hospital’s emergency room nurse immediately called her boss, Dr. Marie-Anne Ruel, to tell her about the infection.
She was shocked.
“She said, ‘You should have been there when we had to treat him,'” Ruel said.
Ruel immediately called the hospital and got her own team to take the man to the emergency room.
When the doctors arrived, they immediately saw a new complication: The patient was bleeding profusely.
It took the doctors two hours to figure out that the bleeding was a complication of COVID.
It turned out that an infection that had been treated at the hospital had spread to the man’s lungs.
They called the man a victim of COVE, the coronavirus equivalent of a pandemic.
They said they wanted to give the man some hope that his condition would improve.
But the infection would not go away.
Within days, the infection began to spread in the lungs, and the man started to die.
Riel immediately called Roshni, the head of the infectious disease department at Mount Sinai Hospital, to see if she could get some help.
She said that if she was going to do anything, she needed to act fast.
“I called Dr. Rosh and asked her to do a blood test,” Ruel recalled.
“If the test came back negative, we had an infection.
If the test was positive, we didn’t have a coronaviruses, but it could have been something else.”
Dr. Roussan, the infectious diseases director, called Ruel back to see how Ruel was handling the infection, and she told her to get out of the hospital.
Roods response was that she had to act quickly.
She called Rousan, who was in charge of the infection unit, and said that Rousen was the one who needed to be in charge.
She also wanted Rouss team to get him the antibiotics immediately.
ROUSEN: I had to do something.
You can’t just leave this guy alone.
You need to get some immediate help.
And I said, Dr., you’ve got to do it right now.
We can’t wait until the infection spreads to his lungs.
The infection had started in his lungs, but ROUSENS team wasn’t ready to treat it.
She then called her team to come in and take over.
“They came in with two large surgical instruments, but we weren’t able to do the lung transplant,” Roussen said.
The nurses then needed to start a culture and begin to take off the antibiotics.
When they came back, ROUSSAN: We have to stop the antibiotics, stop the culture, take off all the antibiotics and see if it is going to be a new infection or not.
The team had to stop doing the lung transplants.
But by that time, they had already taken off the antibiotic treatment.
ROD: The infection started to spread.
So we took off the drugs.
We could do the transplant in a couple of days, but at the time, it was a big decision for the team.
I told them, you can’t stop the drugs, you’ve gotta do the transplants now.
They could have done it in the next couple of hours.
ROUSEN: That was the hardest decision I had ever had to make, and it was my decision.
They had to get them done in the first place.
They took off their antibiotics and the team started working on the transplant.
ROSE: Dr. Rose, did you think the infection could have spread to your team members?
I knew that the patient’s infection was going through the lungs.
I had a good feeling that we would be able to get it under control.
ROSEN: So, you had to be very careful in the situation you were in?
ROUS: I didn’t know what I was doing.
I didn´t have a plan.
I was very nervous,