Ahmad Jamshedov: Savoring life after COVID-19
Ahmad Jamshedov*, 70, was in great shape, living his life to the fullest with his children and grandchildren in a mountainous village of Roshan District in Tajikistan. On a typical day, Ahmad, a pensioner, would spend time in his courtyard, walk a mile or two, work on his farm and play with his grandchildren.
And then, he contracted the severe form of COVID-19.
During August 2020, Jamshedov, began experiencing shortness of breath and generalized weakness, including a mild fever. Rest and home remedies didn’t help. Ahmad and his family did their best to help him recover at home, but his condition was worsening with every passing day. When he was struggling to catch his breath and feeling so weak that he couldn’t take himself to a hospital, his family convinced him to take him to the Roshan District Hospital (RDH).
There, he tested positive for pneumonia and suspected COVID-19. He was immediately admitted to care. As his breathing worsened, doctors at the Roshan district Hospital realized he needed specialized medical care and sophisticated diagnostic medical technology, which was available at the Aga Khan Medical Centre, Khorog. The team at RDH consulted with the team at AKMC, K and he was transferred to the High Dependency Unit at AKMC in Khorog. There Ahmad was placed on the ventilator and had CT scans and other diagnostic tests performed.
Physicians at AKMC arranged a teleconsultation with a group of Ismaili Health Professional Association (IHPA) specialists in the USA under the AKDN Digital Health Programme. For the next few days, Ahmad‘s fever rose and fell, his breathing was supported by a ventilator. He was heavily sedated and often delirious. The IHPA doctors shared their knowledge and experience based on established best practices and standard of care with AKMC to provide Ahmad with the best possible chance of surviving.
In the next few weeks, Ahmad gradually improved; he was ready to be taken off the ventilator. A few days later, he was transferred back to the Roshan District Hospital, where the medical team resumed care. After another week at the hospital, he was well enough to go home. It took a month of close coordination between Roshan District Hospital, AKMC, Khorog and IHPA under the robust AKDN Digital Health Programme along with the support of his family, for Ahmad to be healthy again.
*Names have been changed to protect the privacy of individuals.