This unique samaritan is on a plasma donation spree
Having defeated Covid-19 in June last, this Surat man has donated his plasma 6 times, to continue to do so
Surat: The pandemic has spawned a variety of corona warriors. And some of them go about their call quietly. A 35-year-old embroidery trader from Katargam is among them.
Sunday was the sixth time Vipulbhai Mavjibhai Vithani donated his plasma at the New Civil Hospital’s Blood Bank after being freed from the virus in June last year.
And he says he is determined to donate his plasma until it is medically possible. A native of Ningala village in Botad district, Vipulbhai lives in the Madhav Park Society on Singanpore Road in Katargam.
Vipulbhai recounts, “I was admitted to the New Civil Hospital in June first after my corona report came positive and for 8 days I was treated by doctors here, who helped me defeat the deadly virus.”
”When my report came negative, I took a pledge that I will definitely help the staff and doctors of the hospital who rescued me from Covid-19,” he said.
He added, “I then decided to donate plasma on the advice of the doctor who treated me at the hospital. My antibody level was 9.78. I have donated six times so far. I will still give my plasma after 15 days.”
Dr. Mayur Jarge, in-charge of Civil’s Blood Bank, said ICMR and NBTC guidelines were being strictly followed when collecting plasma from donors. Plasma is taken as soon as the antibody develops in the corona-free patient.
He said with the rise in Covid-19 cases, plasma is being used to treat infected patients and is also given to private hospitals.