To hell & back: Young Telangana bodybuilder defeats Covid after long battle

His condition deteriorated and on May 19 he was admitted to Yashoda Hospital, following help by Bollywood actor Sonu Sood.
Susheel Kumar Gaikwad
Susheel Kumar Gaikwad

HYDERABAD: An amazing story of recovery from severe Covid-19 has come to light from Hyderabad of a 32-year-old bodybuilder, Susheel Kumar Gaikwad, who is a resident of Malkajgiri.Gaikwad is an accomplished bodybuilder and has represented Telangana in various competitions. He was diagnosed with Covid-19 in early May, following which he was admitted to a local hospital. 

His condition deteriorated and on May 19 he was admitted to Yashoda Hospital, following help by Bollywood actor Sonu Sood. Yashoda Hospital, in a press release on Saturday said, “We thank Mr Sonu Sood for reaching out to us and facilitating the transfer of this patient, his close daily follow-up and encouraging Susheel through almost daily video calls.”

The doctors at Yashoda Hospital found that Gaikwad’s lungs were completely infected with a CT severity

Susheel Kumar Gaikwad
Susheel Kumar Gaikwad

score of 25/25, He was intubated and was put on advanced ventilation support. The hospital also followed a strategy of minimal sedation for patient consciousness. Gaikwad developed septic shock requiring antibiotics, anti-fungals besides vasopressors and optimised fluid management.

The hospital said, “Maybe because of his underlying fitness or willpower or a combination of both, Susheel made an amazing recovery, not requiring ECMO support”. Director of Yashoda Hospitals Group, Dr Pavan Gorukanti, “After a month since the onset of symptoms, Gaikwad could be finally discharged now, somewhat de-conditioned due to prolonged illness but otherwise almost getting back to his baseline.”

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