‘He is that small proportion’: Georgia man battling COVID in want of machine that is in brief provide

'He's that small percentage': Georgia man battling COVID in need of device that's in short supply

2021-09-16 18:13:23

LAGRANGE, Ga. (CBS46) — A person from LaGrange is in determined want of lifesaving care after contracting COVID-19, however the machine that might save him is in brief provide.

Curtis Jones’s spouse, India, informed CBS46 she and her husband have been cautious all through the pandemic: avoiding massive crowds and masking up. She stated they even obtained vaccinated.

Nonetheless, Curtis caught the virus. Now, he wants a machine that’s exhausting to return by as a consequence of a scarcity brought on by the continuing pandemic.

“He’s been on a vent for 5 days now,” India stated. “He’s 31, wholesome, by no means been sick and COVID pneumonia has actually devoured his lungs.”

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Curtis was hospitalized with COVID-19 practically two weeks in the past. India stated her husband doesn’t have organ failure. His bloodwork appears good. Nonetheless, his lungs are severely broken.

“This ECMO may completely be a matter of life and dying as a result of his lungs need to have an opportunity to heal,” she stated.

ECMO is a technique of oxygenating a affected person’s blood outdoors the physique, then pumping it again in. the issue is most of the machines aren’t out there in Georgia because of the pandemic. Hospitals are additionally experiencing staffing shortages and ICU bed-use is at an all-time excessive.

“We’ve reworked our den right into a name middle, and we’ve been calling a whole bunch of hospitals throughout the South,” India stated. “The South has simply actually been eaten up with COVID.”

Regardless of the challenges Curtis is dealing with due to the virus, India stated she nonetheless believes within the vaccines.

“Even when you’re vaccinated, you have to be secure, watch out, do what the CDC is saying as a result of there’s a small proportion that it doesn’t work absolutely, and my husband is displaying that,” she added. “He is that small proportion.”

India is now leaning on her religion and praying her husband finds the lifesaving care he wants.

“It’s like we stated in our marriage ceremony vows, it’s in illness and in well being. So, I’m going to combat for him,” she stated.

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ECMO is the best stage of life help. Earlier than the pandemic, the approach was extra usually used for organ transplant candidates.

India is searching for an ECMO facility for Curtis. If you happen to will help, please ship an e mail to zac.summers@cbs46.com or message him on Fb or Twitter: @ZacOnTV.

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