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Eli

Miami, Florida

This all started back in March when my father-in-law tested positive for COVID-19. He was transported to Baptist Hospital in Miami, FL. via rescue and admitted. The next day, April 3, 2020, he was placed on an induced coma and intubated.

My wife Esther, late one night, read about Michael, a COVID-19 patient in Orlando, FL., who had been in a coma and woke up after his wife Stacey insisted to doctors that her husband receive the plasma treatment.

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The next day she got on the phone and called the hospital to inquire about the treatment for her dad. He was placed on a waiting list and fortunately on April 18th, he received the plasma and late that same night he opened his eyes and moved one of his hands for the first time after 15 days of being in a coma.

He was extubated on the 25th, but unfortunately, he went into distress and had to be re-intubated approximately 5 days later. As of today, May 3rd, he still remains in the hospital under delicate conditions. I also tested positive for COVID-19 on April 6. After quarantining and then re-testing, thank God my results came back negative.

My inspiration to donate convalescent plasma came from James, who was the donor to COVID-19 survivor Michael, who was the patient from Orlando that my wife had read about waking up from a coma after receiving the plasma treatment. 

If you have recovered from COVID-19 and are interested in donating convalescent plasma, please click here to learn more. 

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