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Heart patient dies as most ECMO machines taken by unvaxxed COVID cases – TV

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A 53-year-old man died earlier this week after suffering a heart attack, because there were no available ECMO machines in the country to treat him, with most of them being used by unvaccinated COVID-19 patients experiencing serious illness, according to a Wednesday television report.

Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) machines do the work of a person’s heart and lungs in order to allow them to recover from serious respiratory illness. Unlike ventilators that just assist breathing, ECMOs provide cardiac and respiratory assistance by oxygenating a patient’s blood outside of the body and are used only for the most critically ill.

On Wednesday, there were 49 COVID patients being treated with ECMO machines in Israel, 30 of whom were unvaccinated, Channel 12 news reported.

The man, who was not infected with COVID-19, was hospitalized in a........

© The Times of Israel

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