“I came out with a full PPE (protective personal protective gear), I covered from head to toe because we don't know what's going on with the virus … and I asked her to lower the window and she started crying and she couldn't talk because she was (out of breath) as she's gasping for air.”
Transferred to the local hospital and then to a San Diego medical center, the patient was ventilated, the family was frantic, “then on Day 11, she turned around, suddenly got better on her own,” Vo told VOA Vietnamese.
He admitted another patient with symptoms to the hospital, where he was up and walking around after a few hours. The next day, the man couldn’t walk and after administering I.V. steroids,? an I.V. infusion, and plasma transfusions “we couldn’t help him at all.”
Four days after the initial diagnosis, the patient became Vo’s first to die of COVID-19.
Vo didn't know what to say to the family,?but they were “nice enough to call me and inform me, ‘Doctor Vo, you tried your best. Don't worry. Don't be sad.’ … They even encouraged me to continue to help other people.”
“I've been a nurse for more than 30 years, I've been through the death and the birth, but this is an unbelievable for me… I did not follow the numbers because it's so discouraging,” said Anchalee Dulayathitikul, 55, an intermediate care nurse.
She arrived in the U.S. in 2014, after deciding she wanted an American education for her children.
She had opted for a nursing career because her grandfather thought she had a caring nature. Dulayathitikul earned her degree in nursing and midwifery in 1988 from Chiang Mai University in Thailand.
More than a quarter century later, she passed all the tests in the battery needed for nursing certification in Maryland on her first sitting.