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My body was a wreck, says Covid-19 patient

On his 15th day at Changi General Hospital (CGH) battling the coronavirus, Mr Andrew Phay woke up to news that he had low oxygen levels in his blood. All he could do was pray for a miracle. X-ray checks showed his lungs were in bad shape and he needed breathing tubes to direct oxygen into them. Mr Phay, 56, had tested positive for Covid-19 on March 17, after a 25-day trip to the United States and Mexico. His wife Anna Yeo, 57, and their two friends who were on that trip also contracted the virus. The fear of the unknown hit hard, said the retiree of the possibility that he would have to be moved to the intensive care unit. I prayed, I cried and despaired. Doctors resorted to using hydroxychloroquine, typically used to treat malaria, to improve his lung function after his body responded poorly to an earlier related drug. Mr Phay, Singapore s case 277, was earlier given chloroquine, also used to treat malaria, for three days. But those were the worst three days of his hospital stay, he said, as his body reacted very badly to it.

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