LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — A special salute was held Friday for a Los Angeles Police Department detective who recovered from COVID-19.
Detective Michael Chang was wheeled out of Providence St. John Health Center in Santa Monica Friday after being admitted last week in extremely critical condition.READ MORE: Opponents Of 17-Ton Marilyn Monroe Statue In Palm Springs Dealt Blow By Judge
Doctors put him on an artificial lung machine called ECMO that pumped oxygen into his blood while his organs healed.READ MORE: Biden Ramps Up Vaccine Push With New Rules For Federal Workers And Call For $100 Payments
“The use of ECMO in the COVID setting is new and because of the disease, we have never seen, a lot of surgeons around the world are doing this along with their ECMO teams is really pioneering,” said Dr. Raymond Lee.
“I just want to thank all of the nursing staff inside,” said Chang. “They were tremendous throughout my whole stay here and made me feel comfortable.”MORE NEWS: Search Underway For Newport Beach Hiker Matt Thoke Missing For 9 Days In Sequoia National Park
Chang is also participating in the clinical trial of a drug called Sarilumab which attacks the virus’s ability to inflame the lungs and other organs.