In a successful attempt to treat four of the critically COVID-19 patients by plasma therapy, health experts in Indore have achieved a great milestone. All of the four have tested negative for COVID-19 after successful plasma therapy at the Aurobindo Institute of Medical Sciences (SAIMS) hospital amid debate over efficacy of the treatment among medical practitioners.
A discharged patient, who has recovered, told reporters, “The plasma therapy has saved my life. I want to donate plasma for saving the lives of other critical COVID-19 patients after successfully completing the 14-day home quarantine period.”
“At SAIMS, the use of plasma therapy was done on some COVID-19 patients and according to the doctors there, it helped them in the recovery. Plasma therapy would also be used on some coronavirus positive patients at a government-run hospital in Indore soon. We hope that it will help the patients in their recovery,” Indore district’s Chief Medical and Health Officer (CMHO), Praveen Jadia, said.
Dr Vinod Bhandari chairman of Aurobindo Hospital said, “Four patients were admitted to our hospital. They were in critical condition. We gave them all possible treatment but the condition deteriorated. Then we decided to give them plasma therapy. The plasma therapy was administered since April 26 to all four who were on oxygen support due to coronavirus-triggered Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome (ARDS).”
“Two of them were most critical as their lungs were infected and impaired up to 60 per cent but after giving plasma in just two-three days we stopped the extra oxygen. Their X-Ray results showed improvement and now they are discharged.”
In the plasma therapy antibodies are used from the blood of a recovered COVID-19 patient to treat those critically affected by the virus. These antibodies are developed in a patient as part of the body’s natural immune response to a foreign pathogen or in this case, the novel coronavirus.
According to doctors, a donor can donate 400 ml of plasma which can save two lives. The central government said earlier this week that plasma therapy for treating coronavirus is still in an experimental stage and can be life threatening if not carried out correctly. However, last month a COVID-19 patient was treated by plasma therapy and it was the first successful therapy.