The first sick, Mattia Maestri, arrived in Codogno more dead than alive in an ambulance on February 20 a year ago, with collapsed lungs. Yesterday, 4 June 2021, the last Covid patient from the Lower Lodigiana hospital came out on his own legs. He is a 45-year-old foreign man who was admitted to the low-intensity patient ward about two weeks ago. High fever, oxygenation below the norm, to the point of having to subject him to oxygen cycles, but nothing compared to what Mattia went through, who remained between life and death for 18 days in intensive care in Pavia.
From Codogno yesterday three were discharged, the last patients hospitalized for Covid-19 in the twenty-bed ward activated at the beginning of the second wave and which from next week will be returned to cardiological rehabilitation. Francesco Tursi, head of the department, wrote a letter sent to colleagues, collaborators and to the general manager Salvatore Gioia: “I wanted to thank everyone one by one, they have been very intense months and with hard moments, but after the chaos of the first wave we had taken measures to the virus “.
Tursi, pneumologist in Lodi, was among the first to become seriously ill in March 2020; once he recovered, he chose to move to the Codogno headquarters, on the front line. In the second and third wave, at least 300 Covid patients passed through the hospital in the Bassa Lodigiana. And someone didn’t make it. The last death in the ICU was a few weeks ago.
The new CEO Salvatore Gioia activated the first twenty beds in October, adding another twenty at the beginning of 2021 in the peak phase, with most of the patients arriving from outside the province: “A circle is closed – says Gioia – but the virus is circulating yet. The basic rules should not be forgotten: be careful and above all keep vaccinating ».
June 5, 2021 (change June 5, 2021 | 07:14)
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