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A healthy 43-year-old gravida 14, para 12+1 woman, developed Sheehan syndrome followed by disseminated intravascular coagulopathy and sepsis post-Caesarean section. Her postoperative course was further complicated by a hospital-acquired pneumonia for which she required endotracheal intubation and mechanical ventilation. Enteral feeding and medications were administered via a nasogastric tube (NGT). After three failed attempts at extubation, a tracheostomy was inserted percutaneously. Over the next 2 weeks, she improved and was successfully weaned off ventilatory support. She was transferred to a medical ward with the tracheostomy in situ with minimum oxygen requirement.
Her rehabilitation progressed slowly while the NGT was kept in situ …
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