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PUNE: A 56-year old general practitioner (GP) from Ghorpadi became the first doctor from the city to succumb to the Covid-19 infection on Friday.
The doctor was on ventilator support at Sassoon hospital for over a week. “He succumbed to Covid-19 induced respiratory complications at 4.30pm on Friday. He had no other pre-existing conditions,” said a doctor from the hospital.
The doctor was the only patient in Pune region to be put on Tocilizumab, a monoclonal antibody which has emerged as an alternative treatment for Covid-19 patients with hyper-activated immune response called cytokine storms. The drug is very expensive and was sought on compassionate grounds.
The doctor from Sassoon hospital said,“The doctor’s condition worsened rapidly following the onset of illness on May 11. He got admitted to Sassoon hospital on May 13. He had been undergoing aggressive treatment on ventilator support since May 17. His throat swab sent to the National Institute of Virology (NIV) had tested positive for the infection,”
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