Patient Videos

The patient videoscopes feature stories from real patients who survived COVID-19-associated invasive fungal infections. These survivor stories address patient and caregiver perspectives on unmet educational needs while also documenting the actual patient experience.

Covid-19–Associated Cryptococcosis in a Transplant Patient

In this video interview, Peter Pappas, MD, FACP, Professor of Medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at University of Alabama School of Medicine, interviews a kidney transplant recipient who recently developed cryptococcosis during a hospitalization with COVID-19.  Dr Pappas also provides some insights into the risk for invasive fungal infections in solid organ transplant patients who develop COVID-19.

 

Dr Pappas discussing the patient’s disease and treatment course with him

 

Dr Pappas discussing COVID-19—associated invasive fungal infections in transplant patients

COVID-19-Associated Pulmonary Aspergillosis (CAPA)

In this video series, Dr Jose Vazquez, from Augusta University, his patient Kiko Castro, and Mr Castro’s daughter Angela Stroman discuss Mr Castro’s experience with an invasive fungal infection. This COVID-19-associated pulmonary aspergillosis (CAPA) complicated Mr Castro’s COVID-19 disease course. Fortunately, he recovered well once the fungal infection was diagnosed and treated.

 

Dr Vazquez discusses Mr Castro’s case and what led him to suspect an invasive fungal infection.

 

Dr Vazquez discusses the treatment course, including the time course of antifungal therapy.

 

Dr Vazquez discusses the psychological challenges of being in the ICU, the importance of family visits, and determining when patients can come off of antifungal therapy.

 

Dr Vazquez shares pearls about COVID-19-associated IFIs (CA-IFIs)  for healthcare providers.

 

Introduction to Mr Castro and his daughter Angela Stroman.

 

In this video from Mr Castro and Ms Stroman, they explain how quickly COVID-19 can progress and how important it is to remain positive regardless of the severity of the illness.

 

This video discusses how disconcerting it is to family members when their loved one has to go on the ventilator.

 

In this video from Mr Castro and Ms Stroman, they explain how they found out about the CAPA diagnosis.

 

In this video from Mr Castro and Ms Stroman, they explain how identification and management of CAPA led to a rapid improvement in Mr Castro’s overall health.

 

In this video, Dr Vazquez, Mr Castro, and Ms Stroman discuss transitioning from IV to oral antifungal therapy.

 

In this video, Dr Vazquez, Mr Castro, and Mrs Stroman discuss the isolation associated with the COVID-19 ICU stay and provide strategies to personalize the experience.

 

Ms Stroman provides a message of hope regarding CA-IFIs for other patients and caregivers.

 

Mr Castro provides his survivor story and how well he is doing now.

 

In English, Mr Castro and Dr Vazquez provides perspective on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent serious sequelae, such as CA-IFIs.

 

In Spanish, Mr Castro and Dr Vazquez provides perspective on the importance of receiving the COVID-19 vaccine to prevent serious sequelae, such as CA-IFIs.