Inha University Hospital (IUH) said it has cured five Covid-19 patients with plasma donated by recovered people with different blood types.
The university team published a case of a patient in his 60s who has fully recovered thanks to the treatment in the Journal of Korean Medical Science on Monday, with the title of “Convalescent Plasma Therapy in Coronavirus Disease 2019: a Case Report and Suggestions to Overcome Obstacles.”
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|A research team of Inha University Hospital has released a case study of curing a Covid-19 patient with convalescent plasma therapy. From left are Professors Lee Jin-soo, Baek Ji-hyeon, and Im Jae-hyoung. (IUH)|
fusions but not in plasma treatment for recovering patients, the medical team said in a news release.
It emphasized that there should be no unverified misunderstandings and unnecessary disturbance regarding convalescent plasma therapy, as there has yet to be an established Covid-19 treatment.
IUH is one of the five hospitals in Korea and the only one in Incheon, which conducts plasma therapy for treating Covid-19. Only five medical institutions fare, providing blood plasma in the nation.
Five out of seven patients who received a convalescent plasma therapy at the hospital left fully cured since April. No one has died so far, the hospital said.
The donors’ stories also drew attention. The first plasma donor is a male cultural commentator in his 50s who were applauded as an exemplary citizen.
The man thoroughly separated from others while walking outside, and wrote journals by timeline. He even wore a mask and gloves at home to prevent his single mother from being infected.
“I donated my plasma to help other people since I could leave the hospital fully recovered with their support and dedicated care of medical workers at the hospital,” said the plasma donor, known by just an initial of A.
Another female donor in her 20s said she received a call from medical workers that there is an emergency patient and urgently needed plasma donation. She immediately changed her schedule and went to Incheon to donate plasma.
The hospital presented plasma donors with letters of appreciation and various medical devices used at home.
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