Wuhan / Shanghai:
Twenty recovered coronavirus patients donated their plasma to people in severe condition in Wuhan, the capital of the severely affected province of the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the COVID-19 province scientific research team said on Sunday.
The donors are doctors and nurses who have recovered from the disease for 10 days in Jiangxia District No. 1 People's Hospital and Traditional Chinese Medicine Hospital, the Xinhua News Agency reported.
Twelve patients in severe condition have received the plasma treatment. An expert from the Jiangxia District No. 1 People's Hospital said that patients showed improved clinical symptoms about 12 to 24 hours after receiving treatment.
"We are monitoring therapeutic outcomes and improving our treatment plans," said the expert, adding that donating plasma does not harm the donor if he is cured for 10 days.
Zhang Dingyu, director of Wuhan Jinyintan Hospital, a large hospital that allows confirmed cases in Wuhan, urged cured patients infected with COVID-19 to donate plasma as early results suggest the efficacy of convalescent plasma-derived therapeutic products infected patients had shown healing under severe and critical conditions.
In Shanghai, official data showed that 124 patients were recovering from COVID-19 and were discharged from hospitals by Saturday afternoon, 14 of whom were willing to donate their plasma to support coronavirus research and treatment.
Some recovered patients see the donation as a way to pay back society after timely and effective treatment.
"Before I was released from the hospital, the nurses told me that I can donate plasma, which I think is very helpful," said a recovered patient, surnamed Liu, who is ready to become a donor.
"We have been helped by others and we want to help other patients as well," said Liu.