Belize registered its thirteenth covid-19 related death on Saturday. The patient is a 53-year-old woman who had the virus for about two weeks before she passed away. She is from Belize City and is the longest person who has been on a ventilator. Director of Health Services, Dr Marvin Manzanero, provided details into this case
Dr.Marvin Manzanero, Director of Health Services: “She has been as far as I can note from my notes the longest person who has survived connected to a ventilator. We had been told from before we went into the weekend that she was getting unstable and of course the longer you are hooked up a ventilator the probabilities are decreased because you can get many other complications. So this female had been suspect case from when she was brought into the Karl Heusner she was referred to one of the clinics in Belize City to Karl Heusner and she was intubated because of the respiratory distress she had. Unfortunately we don’t have a straight formula that you can go back to and say okay this is the person that’s going to go through complications. We’re finding some people that are much older – I mean I had an 85-year-old male from San Pedro who had a stroke and was diagnosed with SARS COV2 was discharged. We have younger patients who have been on high levels of supplementary oxygen with no deterioration, every patient has been different. Of course she got other complications that eventually led her to her death after being more than two weeks on ventilator. “
The patient’s husband declined an interview but stated that he is unhappy with the way she was treated at the KHMH.