- Title: Virus-free UK pilot thanks Vietnam as he leaves hospital
- Date: 11th July 2020
- Summary: HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM (JULY 11, 2020) (REUTERS) LOBBY OF CHO RAY HOSPITAL MEDICAL WORKERS WHEELING CAMERON OUT OF LIFT ON STRETCHER VARIOUS OF CAMERON BEING WHEELED THROUGH HOSPITAL BY MEDICAL STAFF CAMERON BEING LOADED INTO AMBULANCE, SHAKING HANDS WITH DOCTORS AND WAVING AMBULANCE TRANSPORTING CAMERON DRIVING AWAY
- Embargoed: 25th July 2020 14:06
- Keywords: British pilot British pilot discharged COVID-19 Cho Rayu hospital Vietnam Vietnam Airlines coronavirus discharge
- Location: HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
- City: HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM
- Country: Vietnam
- Topics: Health/Medicine
- Reuters ID: LVA003CMD5RNR
- Aspect Ratio: 16:9
- Story Text: EDITORS PLEASE NOTE: FACE OF PILOT BLURRED FROM SOURCE
Vietnam's most seriously ill COVID-19 patient, a British pilot who at one point seemed close to death, expressed his gratitude as he left hospital on Saturday (July 11) to begin his journey home.
The case of Stephen Cameron, a pilot for national carrier Vietnam Airlines, became a sensation in Vietnam, where a combination of targeted testing and an aggressive quarantine programme has kept its coronavirus tally to an impressively low 370 cases, and zero deaths.
Speaking in Vietnamese, Cameron said thank you as he left the hospital, flanked by doctors who had treated him.
The 43-year-old Scot, who arrived in the Southeast Asian country from Britain in early March, was hospitalised three days after his first flight for Vietnam Airlines, following a visit to a bar in Ho Chi Minh City that became linked to a cluster of coronavirus cases.
Cameron's illness and the highly publicised efforts of Vietnam's doctors to save him became a symbol in Vietnam of the country's successful fight against the virus.
Vietnam spent over $200,000 treating him. Vietnamese doctors will accompany Cameron on the special flight back to Britain, state media said.
(Production: Minh Nguyen, Louisa Naks)
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