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Sonny Angara donates plasma after recovering from COVID-19


Senator Sonny Angara, who just recently won his personal battle against coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19), on Monday announced that he donated his plasma to a patient in critical condition.

"Gave my plasma and it went straight to a hospital in QC to a man on a ventilator—a severe case of COVID-19. My wonderful doctors say it could save his life as the antibodies of survivors in past viruses have done," Angara said in an Instagram post.

"But right now there is just an informal network of hospitals speaking and exchanging notes as to the survivors giving their plasma," he added.

Angara posed for a groufie with a few medical workers at St. Luke's Medical Center as he held the bag of his donated plasma.

 

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Gave my plasma and it went straight to a hospital in QC to a man on a ventilator- a severe case of COVID19. 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. DOH and IATF and LGUs pls exchange data re the covid survivors subject to their privacy rights, so that we can help other fight this virus. I wish I could pay it back every day but the protocol is you can only give your plasma as a survivor every 14 days. Pls pass on to any survivor— they can save lives as we speak! Thanks and pls stay at home and maintain social distancing everyone! #covid19 #bendthecurbe #flattenthecurve #survivor #hope #savinglives #thanksdoctorsandHCWs

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The senator urged the Department of Health, other members of the inter-agency task force handling COVID-19, and the local government units to coordinate regarding the information of survivors who could help other patients to win against the virus.

"I wish I could pay it back every day but the protocol is you can only give your plasma as a survivor every 14 days. Pls pass on to any survivor— they can save lives as we speak!" Angara said.

Last week, the lawmaker said he finally got discharged from the hospital after testing negative for COVID-19.

Three other Filipino survivors also donated blood to the Philippine General Hospital last week so that the antibodies that helped them defeat COVID-19 may be transferred to other patients through the convalescent plasma transfusion.

COVID-19 survivors who want to donate blood may contact PGH through Dr. Sandy Maganito at 0917 805 3207 or the UP PGH COVID-19 hotline at 155-200.

As of April 12, the Philippines recorded a total of 4,648 cases of COVID-19, with 297 deaths and 197 recoveries. — RSJ, GMA News

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