COVID-19 Survivor Describes Decision To Be Put On A Ventilator | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC

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New York Coronavirus survivor David Lat joins Ayman Moyeldin to describe the six days he spent on a ventilator fighting the disease. Lat was also treated with hydroxychloroquine, which he says may have helped his recovery, but that the drug still "needs more research." Aired on 4/15/2020.
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COVID-19 Survivor Describes Decision To Be Put On A Ventilator | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC

56 Comments on "COVID-19 Survivor Describes Decision To Be Put On A Ventilator | Hallie Jackson | MSNBC"

  1. Thank God David Lat was able to survive the Covid-19!

  2. Terence Hawkes | April 15, 2020 at 1:40 PM | Reply

    I am sorry but where is the part where he talks about life never being the same? He did not say anything at all about permanent lung damage which I am willing to be he has.

    • If you read the article he wrote for WaPo he says he is a marathon runner but now he gets winded walking up a single flight of stairs and had to put a chair in his shower because he can’t remain standing long enough to take a full shower.

    • His breathing’s still quite shallow. You can tell he’s having trouble breathing now.

    • Additionally many COVID-19 recovered patients also suffer from heart damage.

    • Samara Hamilton | April 20, 2020 at 4:12 PM | Reply

      The headline is about his decision to be put on a ventilator, not his life afterwards. That’s why.

    • Alexander Eisen | May 1, 2020 at 7:47 AM | Reply

      Recovering from double pneumonia from Covid. I’m a runner and started running a week after leaving the hospital. First run was horrible Huffing and puffing after 1 block. Getting better day by day though. Endurance slowly coming back. I’ll get there

  3. I will say it again. The patients who are put onto ventilators, continue to deteriorate, and ultimately succumb to the virus are not allowed to have any family with them. It is the compassionate and brave health care workers holding their hand and providing whatever comfort they can. Imagine doing this on a daily basis. Further imagine doing this for dozens of patients at a time. These folks are the real heroes. I hope America will treat them as such. They deserve it. Thank you! 🙏👏🙌

    • In hindsight, America’s healthcare system should focus more on cures and less on treatment. We would need less ventilators if the general public had access to immunoglobulin therapy because it works, but is not offered to most Americans because of medical device and pharmaceutical interests

    • @Ro G Love your passion, but you got the order reversed.
      An analogy: A dude has both legs amputated, so to get around he is “put on a wheelchair.” Putting him on the wheelchair did not cause his amputation. Amputation happened first, wheelchair happened second.
      Wrong order: “#3 The patients who are put onto ventilators, #2 continue to deteriorate, and #1 ultimately succumb to the virus…”

      Corrected order: “#1 Patients who ultimately succumb to the virus, #2 deteriorate to the point of not able to breathe, #3 so they are put on ventilators to help them breathe.”
      Tl;dr: Ventilator is not medicine, it is a machine that help you breathe. Put it another way, if you need a ventilator to help you breathe, it means that you are so ill that you can’t breathe on your own.

    • @K There is no proof currently that people are even immune to this disease. The new WHO study just released said that they can’t determine if people with antibodies do have immunity. There have already been 160+ cases in South Korea alone of people who have recovered that have retested positive.

    • Sandra Kho | May 6, 2020 at 1:38 AM | Reply

      Why is it so easy for me to order n95 online. Why can’t hospitals get them?

    • Rotten Apple | May 6, 2020 at 2:02 AM | Reply

      @Sandra Kho because you’re not buying in bulk and have to deal with import tax, etc. Also you’re not guaranteed those mask have passed through regulations and are cleared for hospital use.

  4. I can’t believe people won’t take this virus seriously. If I got COVID-19, I wouldn’t make it. I’m a chronic asthmatic and have chronic pulmonary sarcoidosis. A common cold put me in hospital for a week in 2018. What David just described is what I have everyday – difficulty breathing. Things can go down hill very quickly with a respiratory disease, people just don’t realise. David was very lucky to get out of this.

    • Roz Christopherson | May 4, 2020 at 6:16 PM | Reply

      ss You are correct. My cousin went into the hospital the day after New Year’s Day, 1998. She had been feeling ill and had been treated for gout a few months prior. Age 45. I spoke to her and said I was coming to see her. She told me to wait because the next day she was to be transferred to a closer hospital. That’s the last time I spoke with her. She went comatose after being transferred and was put on a ventilator. Diagnosed with.a rare pneumonia. Passed away after a month. Never regained consciousness and remained on ventilator until death.

    • Roz Christopherson | May 4, 2020 at 8:35 PM | Reply

      Aron Toulouse I will. You be safe and well too. Thank you for your condolences. 🙏

    • KyssedByFyre | May 5, 2020 at 4:14 AM | Reply

      THANK YOU! Asthmatic here too! I’ve nearly died over:
      ~cold butter hitting a hot frying pan
      ~random colognes on ppl in public
      Yeah 😒 Covid+my lungs=⚰️

    • @KyssedByFyre the death numbers are ALL fake

  5. Still lacking testing kits few months after pandemic announced. Most advanced country in the world cant produce PPE to save people is there something wrong?

  6. Why did he not talk about life after recovery?

  7. Quote from the Wash Post article:

    “For those of us lucky enough to get off ventilators, our lives are not the same. Many patients who come off ventilators suffer lasting physical, mental and emotional issues, including cognitive deficits, lost jobs and psychological issues, such as depression and post-traumatic stress disorder.

    For me, my lungs must rebuild their capacity. I experience breathlessness from even mild exertion. I used to run marathons; now I can’t walk across a room or up a flight of stairs without getting winded. I can’t go around the block for fresh air unless my husband pushes me in a wheelchair. When I shower, I can’t stand the entire time; I take breaks from standing to sit down on a plastic stool I have placed inside my bathtub.

    Being on the ventilator for almost a week damaged my vocal cords, and now my voice is extremely hoarse. My speech pathologist expressed optimism that the damage is not permanent. Only time will tell.

    I’m not complaining. I am incredibly grateful to be alive. And for that, I have the ventilator to thank.”

    Come on, MSNBC. I shouldn’t have to do your reporting for you.

    • is never easy , as what you go through with covid

    • My sister was on a ventilator for 9 days some years ago from pneumonia. She remembered nightmares like she was looking at a movie made of film negatives. She was sure the hospital basement had a big fire in a boiler and satan was trying to get her into it. We all assume it was the drug they use to paralyze you. They told us it allowed her body to rest and heal. She stayed in a normal hospital room for another week or so after that. She was was weak when she went home but over time got strong and could walk for a few miles each day. I think it would have gone faster if she had quit smoking. She tried, but couldn’t manage to do it. But I’d say she fully recovered. You can, too. You’ll have to be patient and do things in baby steps.

    • Serena Bee | May 4, 2020 at 7:11 AM | Reply

      Jake M
      I know the feeling, I am going through the same thing, not everyone understands as lot of the people I know thinks once your home your ok just like as you had a bad flu and back to your normal self, I used to be very active I’m 40 years old, and I’ve been in hospital for almost 3 weeks on a ventilator, it’s been 2 weeks I’m home now and I am experiencing the same problem as you..this covid 19 has changed my life I need help with simple things, 2 steps and I’m huffing and puffing for air, I also lost a cousin brother to this horrid virus he was only 29 and healthy with no underlying health problem, I am glad and lucky to be alive, but life’s a challenge for me every day, I can no longer sleep flat in the bed I feel My oxygen level drops..I have to sleep in a sitting position or on my stomach..I have problem swallowing food and I also have a strange voice as it affected my vocal cord too..

    • I decided to make a montage of what’s going on in the world click and share the link below I believe the power of creativity could help save our world

  8. God, how frightening that experience must have been.. 🙁 Glad to know he made it out alive!

  9. Boyd Gilbreath | April 15, 2020 at 3:04 PM | Reply

    Living in terror of getting it, then suspecting you got it, then realizing you must call 911, then getting worse in the hospital, then you are smothering to death, and no matter what you say, they knock you out, put a garden hose down your throat all the way into your lungs, and attach a ventilator. Then they tie you hand and foot to the bed and keep you knocked out. Oh, they put a tube in for your peepee, and another tube down into your stomach, and you should spend at least half your time face down. And that’s the sanitized version.

    • taskforcehitman | May 3, 2020 at 1:18 AM | Reply

      Oh my god I’m going to cry! I just found out my father was being put on a ventilator and sedated today, and i’m trying to look around for information about how it feels. This is the worst description yet I am terrified for my father

    • Jennifer Murray | May 5, 2020 at 8:25 PM | Reply

      @taskforcehitman , I’m sorry you had to read that graphic description, but be assured that your father is sedated and wont remember much once he is taken off the ventilator, my prayers are with you and be strong and think positive. Much love to you and yours.

  10. 20% odds of making it off a ventilator alive. Scary disease.

    • Patrick Molicki | May 4, 2020 at 7:31 PM | Reply

      i bet a year from now they will have a different device for oxygenating the blood. now these NY doctors are saying the ventilators are whats killing patients cuz they cant control the lungs properly with coughing etc.. so scary cuz nobody has developed yet the right treatment protocol

    • S. Adam Bernstein So the doctors should let the patients die? Odds are not good with the ventilator but when you’re drowning in fluid in your lungs, the other option is death.

    • Patrick Molicki | May 5, 2020 at 3:24 PM | Reply

      @Susie if the ventilators are preventing people from coughing out fluid then it seems like they need to design a type of oxygentor for covid patients so they can still move.. the ventilators which save ARDS patients might be in fact killing machines for COVID… we need a new technology to fight this new disease… check Dr Cameron Kyle-Sidell’s case..

    • Patrick Molicki the fluid is deep in the lungs. It’s not mucus. Not coughed out. It’s infectious matter and fluid that the doctors have to go in and scrape the lungs to get out.

    • Patrick Molicki | May 6, 2020 at 1:50 PM | Reply

      @Susie Yes i understand that on the surface, the protocol has been to treat this like ARDS, where the lungs are filled with fluid, and without the ventilator, the person will drown. However, if you start watching all these videos that have been surfacing over the last month of doctors and nurses on the frontline with deep concern over the traditional treatment because its is not effective and it seems that the ventilators are doing more damage than good. Check out cameran kyle sidell and follow some of the doctor-doctor zoom conferences.. they are seeing O2 blood saturation down at 20 percent and the patients are still cognitive. this wouldnt happen with normal pneumonia/ARDS. They are saying the problem is NOT that they are suffocating from fluid in the lungs, rather its in the lung/blood o2 converter and ventilators are just creating extra pressure and causing more damage. Thats why the doctors are speaking out cuz they feel that intubation is becoming a death sentence and they dont know what else to do. There is even a doctor and a couple nurses claiming theyve lost their jobs cuz the ICU wont administer bipap for fear of spreading the virus and are going straight to intubation.. I dont know, Im not a doctor, but when i listen to these conversations, i sense real honesty and their voices need to be heard…

  11. He was lucky enough to find a VENTILATOR amidst shortage….
    Anyways… U got a second lyf dude.. Cheers… 👍

    • Only serfs need ventilators to help them recover. The affluent receive immunoglobulin therapy and only suffer mild symptoms. This is why the affluent wants to open up ASAP to protecr the value of their invested fortunes.

    • ROB there was never a shortage in NY.. in fact they had 1000 extra that they then sent to other states

  12. Nicole Brown | April 16, 2020 at 5:34 PM | Reply

    I’m so happy he’s recovering.☺

  13. Ikraan Ahmed Jama | April 24, 2020 at 5:38 PM | Reply

    I hope my brother comes back to as soon this gives me hope. I hate the virus I don’t with any one to have this

  14. “You better not get put on a ventilator. Not everyone comes back from that”. Thanks dad.

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  16. wow, y’all really cut off that last sentence rather abruptly.

  17. Allison White | May 5, 2020 at 2:46 AM | Reply

    I’m glad that he Made it through that difficult time AMEN AMEN

  18. Christina Skiles | May 5, 2020 at 10:09 PM | Reply

    Geez just cut off for commercials. I hope he’s still doing well 🙏

  19. Christina Skiles | May 5, 2020 at 10:12 PM | Reply

    I’m not sure about this and maybe someone can answer it, the ventilator percentage of survival is for any reason I think, not just this virus 😢

  20. carolyn getchman | May 6, 2020 at 2:17 AM | Reply

    not covid19, but an accident , put on ventilator and almost smothered, dr took it out and had a clot of blood on it –horrible

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