Surviving COVID-19, patient emerges as ‘new man’

SINGAPORE (CNA) – After spending nearly five months in hospitals, Bangladeshi worker Raju Sarker – who was critically ill with COVID-19 – was finally discharged on June 26.

Raju, also known as Case 42, tested positive for the coronavirus on February 8.

He spent about two months in the intensive care unit (ICU) and had to be put on a ventilator.

In March, his wife gave birth to a baby boy in Bangladesh while he was in the ICU. A donation drive was set up for his wife, with members of the public donating items such as diapers, formula milk and toys.

In mid-April, he was transferred to the general ward when his condition improved, and in May he started rehabilitative treatment.

After spending nearly five months in hospitals, Bangladeshi worker Raju Sarker – who was critically ill with COVID-19 – was finally discharged on June 26. PHOTO: CNA

On Saturday, Tan Tock Seng Hospital announced that Sarker had finally been discharged “after a painfully long fight against COVID-19”.

“After two months in the ICU; and five weeks of intense, self-driven therapy with the guide of our rehab team, he walked out from the hospital a new man,” said Tan Tock Seng Hospital in a Facebook post.

“His journey to recovery leaves many of our care teams feeling overjoyed and can only describe this as ‘remarkable’ and ‘dramatic’,” it added.

Social enterprise group ‘ItsRainingRaincoats’ also made the announcement on Friday about Raju’s recovery. “All your prayers for Raju have been answered… We received a message today from Raju’s wife that Raju had been discharged from hospital,” it said in a Facebook post, adding that he will be on two months’ medical leave.

“Hopefully (he) will be reunited with his wife and baby in the not too distant future.”

Raju, 39, was one of the first few migrant workers in Singapore to contract COVID-19.

His case is linked to a cluster at a construction site at Seletar Aerospace Heights.

Prior to hospital admission, he had visited Mustafa Centre and stayed at The Leo dormitory on Kaki Bukit Road.