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Delhi’s COVID-19 Patient Recovers Well Post Plasma Therapy, Weaned Off Ventilator Support

On April 4, a 49-year-old male patient was tested COVID-19 positive and admitted at the facility at Max Hospital. However, his condition deteriorated during the next few days following which he was put on ventilator support

Delhi's COVID-19 Patient Recovers Well Post Plasma Therapy, Weaned Off Ventilator Support
Highlights
  • 49-year-old tested COVID-19 positive on April 4, later developed pneumonia
  • COVID-19 patient's family suggested plasma therapy, arranged donor
  • After receiving plasma therapy patient showed progressive improvement

New Delhi: The first COVID-19 patient who was administered Plasma Therapy at Max Hospital, Saket in Delhi has shown positive results with marked improvement in his health condition and was recently weaned off the ventilator support. On April 4, the 49-year-old male patient was tested COVID-19 positive and admitted at the facility at Max Hospital. However, his condition deteriorated during the next few days and he soon developed pneumonia with Type I respiratory failure, following which he was put to ventilator support on April 8.

When the patient showed no improvement in his condition, his family requested the hospital for administration of plasma therapy, a first of its kind treatment modality that was used for this disease in India, hospital authorities said.

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The family came forward to arrange a donor for extracting plasma. The donor had recovered from the infection as confirmed by two consecutive negative reports conducted three weeks ago and again tested COVID-19 negative at the time of donation along with other standard tests to rule out infections like Hepatitis B, Hepatitis C and HIV.

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

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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 and continued on supplementary oxygen, thereafter. He has been shifted to a room with round-the-clock monitoring at present and started taking oral feed since Sunday (April 19) and is faring well.

Speaking on the success of the first case administered under Plasma therapy, Dr Sandeep Budhiraja, Director at Institute of Internal Medicine at Max Hospital said, “We are delighted that the therapy worked well in his case, opening a new treatment opportunity during these challenging times. But it is important that we also understand that Plasma therapy is no magic bullet.”

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During the patient’s treatment at Max Hospital, other standard treatment protocols were followed and we can say that Plasma therapy could have worked as a catalyst in speeding up his recovery. We cannot attribute 100 per cent recovery to Plasma therapy only, as there are multiple factors which carved his path to recovery, he said.

He said that one donor can donate 400ml of Plasma which can save two lives.

In a country like India, a therapy of such kind has a good potential to help COVID patients who have disease severity which fits into moderate to severe category. Government regulations should work towards making it more accessible for hospitals across the country to be able to use it. One donor can donate 400ml of Plasma which can save two lives, as 200ml is sufficient to treat one patient, he said.

The patient is now doing well and his two consecutive COVID tests have come negative, confirmed a doctor.

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World

23,96,06,768Cases
20,13,42,617Active
3,33,82,100Recovered
48,82,051Deaths
Coronavirus has spread to 195 countries. The total confirmed cases worldwide are 23,96,06,768 and 48,82,051 have died; 20,13,42,617 are active cases and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 4:15 am.

India

3,40,37,592 16,862Cases
2,03,6782,908Active
3,33,82,100 19,391Recovered
4,51,814 379Deaths
In India, there are 3,40,37,592 confirmed cases including 4,51,814 deaths. The number of active cases is 2,03,678 and 3,33,82,100 have recovered as on October 15, 2021 at 2:30 am.

State Details

State Cases Active Recovered Deaths
Maharashtra

65,86,280 2,384

33,157 6

64,13,418 2,343

1,39,705 35

Kerala

48,29,944 9,246

96,421 1,802

47,06,856 10,952

26,667 96

Karnataka

29,82,399 310

9,607 43

29,34,870 347

37,922 6

Tamil Nadu

26,83,396 1,259

15,451 199

26,32,092 1,438

35,853 20

Andhra Pradesh

20,59,122 540

6,588 27

20,38,248 557

14,286 10

Uttar Pradesh

17,10,008 12

135 4

16,86,976 16

22,897

West Bengal

15,79,012 530

7,576 81

15,52,491 601

18,945 10

Delhi

14,39,311 28

337 1

14,13,885 29

25,089

Odisha

10,33,809 521

4,890 38

10,20,645 477

8,274 6

Chhattisgarh

10,05,614 16

203 4

9,91,841 20

13,570

Rajasthan

9,54,382 8

42 6

9,45,386 2

8,954

Gujarat

8,26,244 34

215 20

8,15,943 14

10,086

Madhya Pradesh

7,92,669 12

111 1

7,82,035 11

10,523

Haryana

7,71,035 16

105 158

7,60,881

10,049 174

Bihar

7,26,016 8

42 6

7,16,313 2

9,661

Telangana

6,68,618 168

4,171 40

6,60,512 207

3,935 1

Assam

6,05,847 207

3,646 157

5,96,263 362

5,938 2

Punjab

6,01,971 33

234 11

5,85,199 16

16,538 6

Jharkhand

3,48,406 11

130 4

3,43,141 7

5,135

Uttarakhand

3,43,729 28

175 22

3,36,157 6

7,397

Jammu And Kashmir

3,30,834 93

935 11

3,25,473 104

4,426

Himachal Pradesh

2,21,113 182

1,387 5

2,16,011 173

3,715 4

Goa

1,77,356 68

679 27

1,73,342 39

3,335 2

Puducherry

1,27,259 49

647 4

1,24,763 53

1,849

Manipur

1,22,432 69

1,444 15

1,19,099 84

1,889

Mizoram

1,10,719 901

13,601 435

96,744 1,332

374 4

Tripura

84,295 4

110 8

83,369 12

816

Meghalaya

82,734 87

892 31

80,411 115

1,431 3

Chandigarh

65,295 10

32 5

64,443 15

820

Arunachal Pradesh

54,958 4

202 22

54,476 26

280

Sikkim

31,722 6

224 1

31,108 7

390

Nagaland

31,516 9

230 8

30,613 17

673

Ladakh

20,867 6

44 2

20,615 4

208

Dadra And Nagar Haveli

10,675

3 1

10,668 1

4

Lakshadweep

10,365

2 0

10,312

51

Andaman And Nicobar Islands

7,640 3

10 1

7,501 2

129

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