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In news, which has given hope to the medical fraternity and citizens across the country, a COVID-19 positive man, who was recently treated with plasma therapy at a Delhi hospital was recently discharged after full recovery. This is the first instance in India where a COVID-19 patient has recovered because of plasma therapy.
As per India today, the 49-year-old man, who had a history of respiratory issues, was admitted to the dedicated COVID-19 facility of Max Hospital on April 4 after he tested positive for coronavirus. He had moderate symptoms but his condition started deteriorating in the next few days and he was put on ventilator support after he developed pneumonia with Type-I respiratory failure.
His family then arranged for a donor, who recovered from COVID-19 three weeks before, for extracting plasma. The donor went through another COVID-19 test and she was also checked for infections like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIC. After all her reports came back normal, she was allowed to donate her plasma.
Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, Group Medical Director, Max Healthcare, after the man went through plasma therapy, said, “We are delighted that the therapy worked well in his case, opening a new treatment opportunity during these challenging times. But it is important that we also understand that plasma therapy is no magic bullet".
Dr Budhiraja, however, also said the man’s recovery cannot be attributed 100 percent to plasma therapy as there were multiple factors, which carved the man’s path to recovery.