Before restricting visits as a result of the fifth wave of covid-19, the Hospital Vall d’Hebron ICU hosted the cello concert that a 13-year-old boy dedicated to his father, who was admitted for covid-19 due to the inflammatory reaction caused by the virus.
The hospital has shared the moment through Twitter, while clarifying that a week after that moment the father could be disconnected from the device that helped him breathe because “his lungs are already working”, although now “he makes an effort to recover the muscles “.
The 13-year-old boy who has played the cello is called Pau and he is studying his first year at the Badalona Conservatory, something that has allowed him to interpret pieces such as the ‘Suites for solo cello’ by Johann Sebastian Bach, the soundtrack of ‘Pirates del Caribe ‘or the’ Cant dels ocells’, by Pau Casals.
Music to change the brain
He received permission to visit his father because the doctor had noticed him “dull and bored” for a few days and they thought that this might encourage him. They explain from the hospital that there are scientific studies that show, through neuroimaging techniques, that music can change the brain in the short and long term, and can help treat motor deficiencies in patients who have suffered a stroke or a vascular accident.
However, what Pep, who is what the patient is called, needed was to regain the function of his lungs, since he was connected to an extracorporeal oxygenation device, a very invasive technique that performs respiratory functions when the lungs fail and It is responsible for oxygenating the blood and eliminating carbon dioxide.
It is a complex therapy that is reserved for the most serious COVID-19 patients for whom the respirator is not enough, approximately 2% of patients.
Two months without seeing each other
The assistant of the intensive medicine service Carolina Maldonado says that this story is that of a serious “manual” patient, since he had to be intubated ten days after testing positive for a PCR and that he did not improve after this. At the Vall d’Hebron ICU, he began to do physiotherapy despite the fact that he was in an induced coma until June 13, when they could wake him up.
Meritxell, Pep’s wife, remembers that “the hardest part of this whole process were the days when he was asleep” and that when they woke him up he was still connected to the ECMO machine because his lungs were still not responding, something that made Pep start to Be aware of the situation.
Regarding the reunion with his son, he says it was very exciting because “they had not seen each other for two months and I could see the father in conditions with the prospect of improvement. “The visit of his son encouraged Pep, who saw that he had a future,” explains Meritxell.
A week later they were able to withdraw the ECMO support and now he is in the General Hospital of Catalonia recovering, since his lungs have returned to work, although he has a long way to go to regain muscle strength.