3 Filipino COVID-19 Survivors Generously Donates Their Blood to PGH
Three (3) generous Filipino who survive the battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) donate their blood to Philippine General Hospital (PGH).
According to the report of GMA News, the three of the 124 survivors of coronavirus disease, met the criteria for potential donors. They will undergo plasmapheresis which separates the plasma from blood cells.
In the absence of a vaccine against COVID-19, the PGH is eyeing convalescent plasma therapy as the treatment for COVID-infected patients. They hope that this will help other patients battling the virus.
“On April 9, 2020 (Araw ng Kagitingan), the first three brave and healthy COVID-19 Filipino survivors generously donated their blood for the Convalescent Plasma Therapy vs. COVID-19,” PGH spokesperson Dr. Jonas Del Rosario said in a Facebook post.
“They rose above the stigma and showed the world that their plasma is a gift of life. We need more donors,” he added.
Recently, PGH encouraged those who recovers from COVID-19 to donate their blood to help other patients who are in critical condition. It is their antibodies that help them to overcome COVID-19 will be transferred to other patients in the setting of convalescent plasma.
“Nagtataglay ang kanilang dugo ng antibodies. Kaya nga sila naka-recover ay nakagawa sila ng immune response through the antibody. ‘Yan ang gagamitin natin ngayon na para ibigay naman sa mga pasyente na lumalaban pa sa COVID-19,” Del Rosario said earlier.
“Usually kapag negative na, mga two weeks pa ‘yan na pinapagaling bago sila maging qualified donor. Siyempre may tests din sa dugo nila kasi kung may iba naman silang sakit at hindi pwedeng makapag-donate ng dugo, hindi rin sila pwede,” he added.
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