MtthsMlw wrote: ↑
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:19 am
On his arrival to London, Juan Manuel was diagnosed with Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome. This is an injury considered common in high impact accidents such as this one. Unfortunately, this injury resulted in Juan Manuel falling into Acute Respiratory Failure.
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At this point of time he is an in induced state of unconsciousness and under ECMO support. Juan Manuel is in critical but stable condition.
I can offer some insight into this from my professional background in emergency medicine.
ARDS can have various causes, but in this case is likely as a result of blunt trauma to the lungs in the collision (the lungs will have been thrown against the front of the chest by the g-forces in the collision).
As with any kind of soft tissue injury, this can result in swelling and interstitial fluid can leak into the alveoli (air sacs) in the lungs which results in Acute Respiratory Failure as the lungs are then not able to function effectively.
ECMO is Extra Corporeal Membrane oxygenation and is where a machine is used to oxygenate the blood as the lungs would normally do.
The reason Correa has been placed in an induced coma will be to reduce the demand on all his vital organs and, in conjunction with ECMO, allow the lungs to recover.
While around a third of patients with ARDS with sadly not recover, this is most often due to the underlying illness or injury rather than ARDS itself.
Yes Correa's condition is critical, he is young and very fit and healthy, so there is a good chance that he will be part of the 2 thirds of patients who recover.
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