The Hush Post| 8:18 am|one-minute-read|
A 58-year-old doctor from Uttar Pradesh who was the first COVID-19 patient to receive plasma therapy in the state, died of a heart attack. He died on Saturday.
His condition had improved considerably after receiving the treatment, a Lucknow hospital said in a statement. The statement added he tested negative for the virus on Saturday.
“A 58-year-old, Orai-resident doctor was admitted in KGMU (King George Medical University) coronavirus ward. After the therapy, his lung condition had improved a lot. Unfortunately, he developed a urinary tract infection. He was treated for the condition, and was subjected to dialysis. His two samples were found to be coronavirus negative,” the hospital said.
“His wife’s both samples tested negative. She has been discharged,” it added.
The doctor was on ventilator for the last 14 days, KGMU Vice Chancellor MLB Bhatt said.
Since he had high blood pressure and diabetes, he was under the continuous observation of doctors in the isolation ward, he added.
Plasma Therapy is an experimental line of treatment for COVID-19 patients. Under the procedure, plasma – a component of blood – from a cured patient is transfused to critically ill patients. The antibodies developed in the blood of recovered patient help fight the virus inside the bodies of those unwell.