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Age is just a number: 91-year-old beats Covid, heart attack together

Sushilaben, 91, was found to have flash pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs as well as early Covid ARDS. She was shifted to CIMS hospital the next day after she tested positive for Covid-19.

Sushilaben, a resident of Ahmedabad, was admitted to a private hospital for emergency treatment on May 29 after suffering a heart attack and severe shortness of breath. (Representational image: PTI)

A nonagenarian Ahmedabad resident is back home after beating a heart attack and COVID-19 both at the CIMS hospital. Sushilaben, 91, a resident of Ahmedabad, was admitted to a private hospital for emergency treatment on May 29 after suffering a heart attack and severe shortness of breath.

She was also found to have flash pulmonary edema, a condition caused by excess fluid in the lungs as well as early Covid ARDS. She was shifted to CIMS hospital the next day after she tested positive for Covid-19.

“She had unstable blood pressure and high oxygen requirement when she was brought to CIMS hospital. We had to perform angiography and angioplasty while simultaneously treating her for COVID-19,” said Dr. Bhagyesh Shah, Critical Care Physician and In-charge of Adult.

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Sushilaben’s angioplasty and stent placement was successfully performed on June 1, two days after her hospitalization, by senior cardiologists Dr. Keyur Parikh and Dr. Vineet Sankhla despite the risk of age, Covid and heart attack. Her blood pressure and other parameters returned to normal post procedure, and she was discharged on June 7 following a complete recovery.

“Patients undergoing angioplasty with stent placement in the 90s is rare, and especially one who is also Covid positive. In most cases, patients are not very mobile and are not in a position to undergo angioplasty. In many cases, families are against opting for surgery. However, Sushilaben is still very active at this age and has strong willpower and positive approach,” the doctor said.

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