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“The story of Mr Robson Shaby is one of hope and recovery in a time of overwhelming uncertainty,” said Western Cape Premier, Alan Winde in a Facebook post celebrating his recovery…

According to Winde, the 30-year-old Malawian is one of the first critically ill patients to recover fully, and be discharged from Victoria Hospital located in Wynberg in the Western Cape.

Mr Shaby was admitted to the hospital in mid-April with severe Covid-19 pneumonia. “Due to the severity of the viral infection he ultimately required invasive mechanical ventilation and was ventilated for almost four weeks,” detailed a release by the Western Cape government.

Thanks to the hard work of the medical team, ICU nurses, anaesthetists, allied professionals and support staff, Mr Shaby was eventually able to be weaned off ventilation.

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Mr Robson Shaby has been discharged! (Image source: Facebook @Premier Alan Winde)


Mr  Shaby was discharged from High Care to a general ward on Monday, 22 June where he continued his rehabilitation and was finally discharged from the hospital and allowed to go home on 30 June 2020.

“To date, Mr Shaby has been the first Covid positive ventilated patient and the longest ventilated patient in Victoria’s HCU (typical length of stay would be less than 3-5 days). Knowing that the mortality rate of Covid pneumonia requiring ventilation is above 60%, his recovery is remarkable and deserves recognition.”

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Mr Shaby expressed his thanks to God and the hospital staff

Both Mr Shaby and his younger brother are extremely thankful to the staff at Victoria Hospital for their care and commitment.

“Firstly, I thank God for what happened, and then I thank the team at Victoria Hospital. The doctors were amazing, they helped me a lot.”


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