The condition of US President Donald Trump has been “very worrying” for the past 24 hours, a source familiar with his health said Saturday, adding that the next 48 hours would be critical.
“The president’s vital signs for the past 24 hours have been very worrying and the next 48 hours will be vital to his upkeep. We are still not on a clear path to a full recovery,” the source said.
The assessment contradicts the more upbeat picture of Trump’s medical team, which said he was breathing well without oxygen and was improving.
At the first official update of the US president’s condition since he was admitted to Walter Reed National Military Medical Center on Friday, medics were optimistic about his progress.
“At this point, the team and I are extremely pleased with the progress the president has made,” said White House doctor Sean Conley, adding that the president has been “free of fever for over 24 hours.”
“We monitored his heart, kidney and liver function. All of these are normal,” added Sean Dooley, another member of Trump’s medical team.
Conley passed journalists’ questions about whether Trump had received oxygen treatment at any point before revealing that the president was out of oxygen on Thursday or at some point since arriving at Walter Reed.
He said Trump was “only 72 hours under diagnosis” – meaning he was known to be ill the day before his test result was announced.
However, the White House later clarified that Conley was going to say Saturday was the third day since the president’s positive test result on late Thursday.
Shortly after Trump arrived at Walter Reed, Conley said in a memo that the president started a therapeutic drug course remdesivir and received an 8-gram dose of an experimental polyclonal antibody cocktail.
Conley would not give Trump a “hard date” release, nor would he disclose the president’s temperature.