Delhi Resident Tabrez Khan Who Battled COVID-19 And Social Boycott Is Now Nine-Time Plasma Donor

Delhi Resident Tabrez Khan Who Battled COVID-19 And Social Boycott Is Now Nine-Time Plasma Donor

“My family and society members ask me to not do this as it might cause problems for me in the future but I do this for someone's happiness”, said Tabrez Khan, nine times plasma donor
Delhi Resident Tabrez Khan Who Battled COVID-19 And Social Boycott Is Now Nine-Time Plasma DonorCOVID warrior Tabrez Khan urged people who have recovered from coronavirus to come forward and donate plasma
Highlights
  • Tabrez Khan, a Delhi resident, had tested positive for coronavirus in March
  • Mr Khan was discharged from the hospital on April 5 once he recovered fully
  • Mr Khan said he faced a 'social boycott' after testing positive for coronav

New Delhi: Tabrez Khan, a Delhi resident who faced ‘social boycott’ after being tested positive for coronavirus in March has now become a ‘saviour’ for many who are currently battling with the pathogen. He has donated his plasma nine times and still hopes to donate again and help the ones in dire need. A resident of Jahangir Puri, Mr Khan had tested positive for novel coronavirus on March 18, following which he was discharged from the hospital on April 5 once he recovered fully.

While speaking with ANI, he shared his journey from being a COVID-19 patient to a plasma donor.

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In March, I went to meet my sister who had arrived from Saudi Arabia. She had symptoms for COVID-19. Next day, I also developed symptoms such as fever, cough and cold. To protect my family and members of the society, I went to Babu Jagjivan Ram Memorial Hospital for coronavirus testing. They referred me to RML Hospital who further sent me to LNJP (Lok Nayak Jai Prakash Narayan) Hospital where I was diagnosed with coronavirus, he said.

Soon after, the fear settled in and Mr Khan was worried about his family’s well-being. “I was scared whether I will be alive or not. I was worried about my family. I had become pessimistic after consuming the news related to the virus around that time.”

During this time, the doctors at LNJP Hospital helped him get through the ordeal while treating and motivating him.

I am thankful to the LNJP staff for turning me into an optimist. They told me about other patients’ recovery which in turn gave me hope that I could also recover. I started doing Yoga to improve immunity and thinking positively during my recovery period. I was discharged from the hospital on April 5, he said.

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However, the road to recovery was not as easy as Mr Khan explains how he faced a ‘social boycott’ after testing positive for the deadly virus.

When I tested positive, the whole society began treating me like a criminal. They were acting like I was a ticking bomb which could explode anytime. Everybody started avoiding my family. My wife remained hungry for two days when I and my mother were hospitalised for COVID-19 treatment, he described his experience, adding that it was an “unfortunate” incident which he will never be able to forget. Even when I was discharged from the hospital, the society members did not treat me well. This pain will be remembered forever. Chemist and shopkeepers boycotted me. People even called the police when I or my family members stepped out.

Nevertheless, these situations did not deter Mr Khan from donating plasma and saving many lives.

I am helping people who have tested positive for COVID-19. I have faced the pain and do not wish the same upon anyone. The stigma around this lethal virus bothers me. I give tuitions to students along with my wife and have a socks manufacturing company. I have donated plasma nine times and each time I do this, I have a positive feeling that I am saving a life and helping a family. I am glad that doctors feel that I still have antibodies in my body. I will continue doing this, he said.

Mr Khan has donated plasma twice after he received a call from the Institute of Liver and Biliary Sciences (ILBS). Now, he even receives calls from the relatives of coronavirus patients.

My family and society members ask me to not do this as it might cause problems for me in the future but I do this for someone’s happiness, he said, adding that he donated plasma 15 days back.

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According to medical experts, bodies of people who recover from coronavirus produce an anti-body/plasma in the blood to help the person fight against coronavirus. If a little bit of this anti-body/plasma is given to a critical patient then the plasma helps in the latter person’s recovery.

India’s first ‘plasma bank’, the Delhi Plasma Bank which was established at the ILBS here in collaboration with the Delhi government became operational on July 5.

Mr Khan urged people who have recovered from coronavirus to come forward and donate plasma.

Plasma therapy is used worldwide and it is an easy method. The administration should appreciate people who are donating plasma, he added.

His wife, Kusum, who also faced problems when Mr Khan was admitted in the hospital for treatment shared that she had got herself tested but the result was negative. Despite that, many shopkeepers refused to sell the groceries to her at the time.

After coming home from the hospital, my husband faced problems here. People used to call the police when he stepped out. After he started donating plasma, everybody stopped discriminating. Doctors told us that donating plasma is a good thing. It did not cause weakness. It saves a life and hence we should continue, she added.

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World

17,59,54,708Cases
5,81,66,715Active
11,39,84,189Recovered
38,03,804Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 193 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 17,59,54,708 and 38,03,804 have died; 5,81,66,715 are active cases and 11,39,84,189 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 3:36 am.

India

2,95,10,410 70,421Cases
9,73,15853,001Active
2,81,62,947 1,19,501Recovered
3,74,305 3,921Deaths
In India, there are 2,95,10,410 confirmed cases including 3,74,305 deaths. The number of active cases is 9,73,158 and 2,81,62,947 have recovered as on June 14, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

59,08,992 10,442

1,58,617 167

56,39,271 7,504

1,11,104 2,771

Karnataka

27,65,134 7,810

1,80,856 10,961

25,51,365 18,646

32,913 125

Kerala

27,28,239 11,584

1,23,433 6,478

25,93,625 17,856

11,181 206

Tamil Nadu

23,53,721 14,016

1,49,927 12,146

21,74,247 25,895

29,547 267

Andhra Pradesh

18,09,844 6,770

85,637 5,780

17,12,267 12,492

11,940 58

Uttar Pradesh

17,02,624 452

8,986 820

16,71,852 1,221

21,786 51

West Bengal

14,61,257 3,984

17,651 1,403

14,26,710 2,497

16,896 84

Delhi

14,31,139 255

3,466 144

14,02,850 376

24,823 23

Chhattisgarh

9,86,963 459

13,677 1,405

9,59,969 1,858

13,317 6

Rajasthan

9,49,684 308

7,441 959

9,33,421 1,260

8,822 7

Odisha

8,51,782 4,469

51,681 3,309

7,96,799 7,733

3,302 45

Gujarat

8,20,321 455

10,249 614

8,00,075 1,063

9,997 6

Madhya Pradesh

7,88,183 274

4,251 524

7,75,380 780

8,552 18

Haryana

7,65,861 339

4,661 525

7,52,208 821

8,992 43

Bihar

7,17,215 487

5,312 389

7,02,411 868

9,492 8

Telangana

6,03,369 1,280

21,137 996

5,78,748 2,261

3,484 15

Punjab

5,87,903 956

12,981 1,083

5,59,360 1,980

15,562 59

Assam

4,59,497 2,167

41,373 3,272

4,14,173 5,403

3,951 36

Jharkhand

3,43,458 154

3,395 571

3,34,979 723

5,084 2

Uttarakhand

3,36,879 263

4,633 388

3,25,311 644

6,935 7

Jammu And Kashmir

3,07,412 774

15,081 1,203

2,88,145 1,965

4,186 12

Himachal Pradesh

1,98,550 237

4,777 625

1,90,382 855

3,391 7

Goa

1,62,468 420

4,882 175

1,54,658 581

2,928 14

Puducherry

1,12,528 402

5,331 414

1,05,513 809

1,684 7

Chandigarh

61,110 54

520 20

59,798 71

792 3

Manipur

59,852 530

8,499 211

50,379 726

974 15

Tripura

59,321 235

5,170 382

53,531 610

620 7

Meghalaya

41,906 305

4,623 248

36,550 547

733 6

Arunachal Pradesh

31,282 134

2,885 302

28,252 434

145 2

Nagaland

23,644 82

3,502 131

19,689 208

453 5

Ladakh

19,561 17

658 88

18,706 105

197

Sikkim

18,414 157

3,553 230

14,580 387

281

Mizoram

15,364 97

3,549 111

11,748 203

67 5

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,463 1

78 17

10,381 18

4

Lakshadweep

9,209 34

576 39

8,589 72

44 1

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,261 18

110 11

7,025 29

126

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