Thursday, 26 March 2020

New Jersey athlete, 25, who works at Bank of America is in an induced coma after doctors LOST his coronavirus test results - as his mom slams NBA players for being tested before her 'very sick' son

A 25-year-old New Jersey man is fighting for his life in an induced coma after doctors lost his coronavirus test results that confirmed he had the deadly virus.
Jack Allard's family say he has been on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma for six days at a hospital in Edison.
Allard, who is an All-American lacrosse player and works at the Bank of America in Manhattan, first became sick on March 13.
He was suffering from a high fever, back pain and had been throwing up.
Allard initially didn't present as a typical coronavirus patient given his age, that he had no pre-existing conditions and the fact he hadn't traveled overseas recently.
His mother, Genny Allard, told ABC News that the lab that was processing his COVID-19 test somehow lost his sample.
She said it set back his treatment about five days.
Due to the delay in returning a positive COVID-19 test, Allard wasn't allowed access to potentially life-saving experimental drugs.
His mother has since slammed health officials given NBA players have been granted access to tests but her son's testing was bungled.
Allard, who is an All-American lacrosse player and works at the Bank of America in Manhattan, first became sick on March 13. His family, pictured above, say the lab that was processing his COVID-19 test somehow lost his sample, which set back his treatment about five days
Allard, who is an All-American lacrosse player and works at the Bank of America in Manhattan, first became sick on March 13. His family, pictured above, say the lab that was processing his COVID-19 test somehow lost his sample, which set back his treatment about five days
Allard initially didn't present as a typical coronavirus patient given his age, that he had no pre-existing conditions and the fact he hadn't traveled overseas recently
Allard initially didn't present as a typical coronavirus patient given his age, that he had no pre-existing conditions and the fact he hadn't traveled overseas recently
'There's no reason why NBA players with their sniffles are getting their results before my son who is on a ventilator,' Genny said.
'My son is healthy, no pre-existing conditions and he's 25 - this virus is really dangerous and now he is very, very sick.'

 
There are currently 4,402 confirmed cases in New Jersey and 62 deaths. 
Allard has since been airlifted to the University of Pennsylvania to be part of a clinical trial for the novel antiviral drug remdesivir.  
Currently, there are no FDA-approved drugs, vaccines or specific treatments for the coronavirus. A few existing and experimental drugs are being studied, and vaccines are being developed.
Remdesivir, originally developed for Ebola, is being tested in at least five experiments. The drug interferes with viral reproduction and has shown some promise in lab and animal studies against other coronaviruses that cause similar diseases, MERS and SARS.
The drug has been given to hundreds of COVID-19 patients thus far, but rigorous studies are needed to determine if it works before it is approved. 
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New Jersey man, 25, is in a coma after lost coronavirus test

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