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A COVID – 19 patient recovers through plasma therapy.


The recent case of a 49-year-old patient who had tested positive for Coronavirus had the following journey in his treatment.



  • He was the first patient who was administered with plasma therapy in Delhi and he now comes out fully recovered.
  • The patient was discharged on Sunday +ith a promising prognosis
  • The 49-year-old male patient from Delhi had tested positive for Covid-19 on April 4

This 49-year-old virus affected patient was given complete compassionate care with convalescent plasma therapy in Delhi. He has been discharged post complete recovery with a promising prognosis. He was taken off the ventilator support before a week at the Max Hospital in Saket. He was tested positive for coronavirus on April 4th.


The treatment

His symptoms appeared with respiratory issues and soon after he was found admitted in the East Wing of Max hospital i.e. a COVID – 19 facility on the same day. His condition gradually deteriorated with the following days since April 4th. The patient needed an external support system to help him breathe effectively.

The patients’ symptoms further grew worse and led to pneumonia with Type-I respiratory failure and were put on ventilator support on April 8. When the patient showed no improvement in his condition, his family requested the hospital for administration of plasma therapy on compassionate grounds, a first of its kind treatment modality that was used for this disease in India.

His family made decisions to arrange a donor for extracting plasma. However, the donor was hail and healthy as he had recovered from the infection (with two consecutive negative reports) and the third time the donor tested positive during donation. She was also ruled out of infections such as Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV as a result of side tests.

The 49-year-old critically-ill patient was administered with fresh plasma as a treatment modality as a side-line to standard treatment protocols on the night of April 14.


The recovery

According to doctors, a single donor can donate 400ml of plasma which can save two lives, as 200ml is sufficient to treat one patient.

After receiving the treatment, the patient showed progressive improvement and by the fourth day, was weaned off ventilator support on the morning of April 18, Saturday and continued on supplementary oxygen, thereafter. He had started taking oral feed within 24-hours of being off ventilator support. He was shifted to a room with round-the-clock monitoring on Monday after testing negative twice within 24 hours.

With sustained efforts by a team of doctors comprising Dr Omender Singh, Dr Deven Juneja, and Dr Sangeeta Pathak, along with all frontline healthcare workers including junior doctors, nurses, GDAs and lab technicians among others, the patient was finally discharged today. He will be home quarantined for another two weeks as per government guidelines.

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