SENATOR Sonny Angara donated blood plasma for a coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patient after he recovered from the disease last week as some hospitals have been using convalescent plasma therapy – or the transfer of blood from those who recovered to those who are still battling the disease – to see if survivors’ antibodies can help patients overcome the virus.
“Gave my plasma and it went straight to a hospital in Quezon City to a man on a ventilator – a severe case of COVID-19,” Angara said in an Instagram post.
“My wonderful doctors say it could save his life as the antibodies of survivors in past viruses have done, but right now there is just an informal network of hospitals speaking and exchanging notes as to the survivors giving their plasma,” he said.
In a report by Abs-Cbn, COVID-19 survivors sought for blood, plasma donations in hopes of finding virus cure.
Angara said he plans to donate more blood after 2 weeks since each COVID-19 survivor is only allowed to give plasma every 14 days.
“Please pass on to any survivor — they can save lives as we speak!” the senator said.
“Please tell any survivors you know. There is no stigma. They can save lives,” he said.
Angara also urged the Department of Health and local government units to “exchange data” on COVID-19 survivors so that they “can help other fight this virus.”