First in India a COVID19 patient from Delhi who was treated with convalescent plasma therapy has completely recovered reported by India Today on 26th April .
A 49yrs old male COVID19 patient was admitted at the dedicated Coronavirus facility in East block of Max hospital , Saket with the history of respiratory issues and fever with moderate symptoms on the same day. He had taken off ventilators support seven days ago , the India Today report mentioned .
When he was admitted, he had a history of respiratory issues with moderate symptoms . According to the report his condition started deteriorating in the next few days of admission and he had to be put on ventilators support after he developed pneumonia with Type I respiratory failure .
When the COVID19 patient showed no signs of improvements his family member arranged a donor for extraction of plasma . The donor had recovered three weeks before from COVID19 , she donated her blood plasma to the 49yrs old COVID19 patient.
She had earlier tested negative twice consecutively and had to undergo another test during blood plasma donation with along with other standard tests of infections like HIV , Hepatitis B , Hepatitis C . She was allowed to donate the blood plasma after the chances of all the infection ruled out , the report mentioned .
The experimental convalescent plasma therapy is when antibodies from the blood of a patient who have recovered from the novel COVID19 are used to treat severely infected COVID19 patient .
Dr Sandeep Budhiraja , Group Medical Director of Max health care told that they were delighted that the therapy worked on his case , opening a new treatment opportunity during these challenging times . But it is important that we have to understand that Convalescent plasma therapy is no magic bullet .
He also added that during the COVID19 patient's treatment at Max hospital , Saket , other standard treatment protocols were followed and anyone can see that Convalescent plasma therapy could have worked as a catalyst in boosting up his recovery .
He told that they can not attribute 100% recovery to plasma therapy as there were multiple paths which curved the path to recovery .
Budhiraja clarified one donor can donate 400ml of blood plasma which can save upto two lives as 200ml is sufficient enough to treat one patient .