INDIA: 107-years-old, Mr. Kewal Krishan became the oldest person in India to be vaccinated against COVID-19. Krishnan was vaccinated under the supervision of Cardiologist Dr. Ashok Seth, Chairman, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute.
At the age of 105, he was the oldest patient in the world to undergo Carotid Artery Stent Implantation to remove a major blockage in the artery supplying blood to the left half of his brain to prevent a major stroke and paralysis.
Talking about Krishnan’s vaccination, Dr. Seth, “It is really a heartening moment to see that Mr. Kewal Krishan has got vaccinated safely and will continue to lead a good quality of life in safety. This is important, especially because two years ago Mr. Kewal Krishan started having repeated small strokes and was threatening a major stroke leading to paralysis. He had a 95% calcified left carotid artery stenosis (blockage in the main artery supplying blood to the left half of the brain). The blockages were very hard, tortuous, and angulated. It took us 2-hours to treat it via a non-invasive Carotid Artery Stent Implantation.”
“I am happy to say that he improved and that day we prevented him from having a major stroke and today he is well, leads a quality of life, and therefore took the vaccine to remain well and enjoy his life with his family. He is an example for many other elderly patients to keep a positive attitude to life and wellbeing,” he added.
“Today, we administered the COVID-19 vaccine to Mr. Kewal Krishnan, the oldest person in India to get vaccinated. We hope that this action will encourage people to get vaccinated. The second phase of the vaccine rollout has seen an encouraging response, the numbers are increasing day by day. We are very hopeful and will continue to do our best in aiding the government efforts to combat and end the coronavirus pandemic,” said Mr. Bidesh Chandra Paul, Zonal Director, Fortis Escorts Heart Institute said.