Determination. “This more than anything. I want to do it and I'm doing it,” says Carlos. After recovering from COVID-19 Carlos became a convalescent plasma donor.
Convalescent plasma is plasma collected from people who have recovered from the coronavirus. People who recover from coronavirus infection have developed antibodies to the virus that remain in the plasma portion of their blood.
Transfusing the plasma that contains the antibodies into a person still fighting the virus can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover.
Carlos says, “If I win the lottery tomorrow and I win $100 million, I wouldn’t feel the way I feel today.”
Mathilda also was diagnosed with COVID-19 and chose to donate her plasma to help others who are fighting the virus. She believes the experience was Diving Providence. “God saw fit for me to have it and then recover so that I can help another person live, hopefully.”
Carlos and Mathilda are urging people who have recovered from the coronavirus to contact OneBlood and donate. Carlos even helped a friend get to a convalescent plasma donation site.
“I know a couple of people who have the virus and I told them to get their negative tests done. I told them that they need to donate their plasma. And I called them up and one told me that he didn't have money for gas. And I said, "Listen, I'll go pick you up. I'll take you, you know, and, and I'll do it." I mean, whatever it takes.”
As Mathilda donates, she can't help but think back to when she was on the receiving end of blood transfusions during the birth of her second child.
She received six pints of blood to help her recover. “So I'm grateful for those and now I'm giving back.” She hopes by stepping forward to donate her plasma, she will inspire others.
The surge in the number of people being diagnosed with coronavirus, coupled with the fact that hospitals are providing convalescent plasma earlier in treatment is driving demand for convalescent plasma to new heights. If you have recovered from COVID-19 or know someone who has, please donate convalescent plasma. Click to learn more.