Tuesday, November 29, 2011
Singer George Michael Fighting Pneumonia on £100,000 Bed
George Michael, one-half of the popular duo Wham! that enjoyed its heyday during the 1980s, has not been making the news lately, but the Daily Mail (U.K.) says he is fighting for his life in a Vienna hospital [click on original article to see enlarged illustration].
He was rushed to the AKH hospital in Vienna a week ago after falling ill during his European tour.
On Saturday, Professor Dr Christoph Zielinski and Professor Dr Thomas Staudinger, who are looking after the singer around the clock, said: ‘George Michael has severe community acquired pneumonia and is being treated as an in-patient.
‘His condition has stabilised and he is responding to treatment.'
However, this morning The Sun claimed Mr Michael had developed acute respiratory distress - a dangerous new complication that stops oxygen getting into the blood and can often prove fatal.
The Wham! star is now being treated on a Triadyne Proventa bed, which is for people with pneumonia who are unable to move.
Dr Carol Cooper, told the paper: 'The bed has probably saved his life so far. But he is far from out of the woods yet.'
The futuristic bed, which measures 7ft 6in by 3ft 5in, mimics the body’s natural movements to improve blood and lymph flow. It is also equipped with sophisticated technology to reduce pressure on the patient's lungs.
The bed holds them securely in place using moulded foam, while special Gore medical fabric creates a barrier against bacteria....
Needless to say, this critical illness has forced the cancellation of all of the concerts in his current tour.