By midday on Thursday, March 26, Charles again found himself in an ambulance on his way to Tidelands Waccamaw, where he was admitted for care. On Friday, his condition rapidly deteriorated, and he began suffering from severe hypoxia despite receiving supplemental oxygen.
To save his life, his care team at Tidelands Waccamaw intubated Charles, put him on a mechanical ventilator to breathe and induced a coma, says Dr. Desmond Young, a Tidelands Health critical care and pulmonary specialist and one of several physicians who led his care.
“His lungs were filling up with virus and inflammation to the point he was not getting enough oxygen, even with advanced supplemented oxygenation,” Dr. Young says. “Without mechanical ventilator support, he would have died.”