Trump airlifted to hospital and given urgent medication as he ‘struggles to breathe’ after contracting COVID-19 (photos)
US president Donald Trump, was dramatically airlifted to hospital on Friday evening, October 2, amid reports he is “struggling to breath” after contracting the deadly Coronavirus pandemic.
In extraordinary scenes at the White House on Friday, Trump, 74, was rushed via helicopter to Walter Reed medical center near Washington DC out of an “abundance of caution” after after showing coronavirus symptoms – putting the US election in jeopardy with just weeks to go.
Hours after he was transported to the hospital via presidential helicopter Marine One, Trump tweeted: “Going well, I think! Thank you to all. LOVE!!!”
Trump could be seen with a team of Secret service officials all wearing mask as he was being transported.
After it was reported Trump was “struggling to breathe,” White House doctor Sean P Conley said Trump was given a dose of Remdesivir and that the president is “doing very well” and “is not requiring any supplemental oxygen.”
Remdesivir, recently approved as an emergency treatment for Covid-19 is
used for the treatment of Ebola, SARS, and hepatitis C.
According to CNN reports, White House officials “have serious concerns about Trump’s condition tonight as his symptoms are worse than those of the First Lady at this point.”
Trump is reported to be “very tired, very fatigued, and having some trouble breathing.”
A White House official insisted Trump is “fatigued but he’s not deteriorating”
“The public shouldn’t be worried because Trump is taking this very seriously.”
Shortly after he was transported to the military hospital in Maryland, Trump tweeted out a video of himself thanking “everybody for the tremendous support.”