Philippine priest is encouraging more Covid survivors like himself to donate their plasma to help patients with more severe symptoms recover from the deadly disease.
Father Kali Llamado, vice-rector of Manila Cathedral, says he has donated his convalescent plasma twice after recovering from coronavirus. More is needed to address what appears to be a constant shortage, he said.
People with Covid-19 develop antibodies to fight off severe respiratory ailments caused by the virus.
Plasma is collected from donors who have recovered from the virus to battle the illness in other patients.
More donors mean more people have a greater chance of surviving, Father Llamado said.
“Today is my second time to donate convalescent plasma. Thankfully, four months after my recovery, my antibody levels are still high enough to make a donation,” the priest said on March 2 in a social media post.
Father Llamado said everything has a purpose including his recovery from the virus.
“I believe God heals us for a purpose. I think this is God’s gift to us. He healed us so we can in turn heal others,” he added.
“Although there is a lot that is unknown, convalescent plasma, based on records, best works on patients during the earlier part of the disease. Right now, we are using convalescent plasma to treat a small number of patients facing a severe or life-threatening situation due to Covid,” Filipino physician Mark Andrado told UCA News.
Another doctor, who himself recovered from the virus, said donation gives people the opportunity to give life — the greatest gift of all.
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