The blood services of Magen David Adom and the Israeli Ministry of Health received an inquiry yesterday afternoon from Assuta Ashdod Hospital for delivery of plasma units (the blood component containing the corona antibody) for a 29-year-old corona patient who is in serious condition.
With the help of the Minister of Health and his assistant, a donor residing in Jerusalem who had recovered from the Corona virus was found and Magen David Adom duly brought her to MDA’s blood service center via ambulance.
With a special team waiting for her upon arrival, plasma units were transferred to the laboratories for testing prior to transfusion.
With the approval of a health ministry committee, the blood units were delivered to Assuta and were given to the patient last night .
MDA Deputy Director General of Blood Services, Prof. Eilat Shinar said: “A week ago, we started the plasma units collection project from patients who have recovered from the disease caused by the corona virus, with the aim of giving infusion to patients in moderate and severe conditions, according to a therapeutic protocol set by an experts committee.’
“The project is based upon the assumption that the blood of patients who have recovered contain antibodies in the amount that enables effective treatment of patients.’
“The professional work of the blood services team, in combination with the MDA logistical preparation and the response of the donors , enables us to promote the issue in practice with 7 donors that donated plasma already; in the last two days plasma units were provided to three different hospitals. “
MDA Director General, Eli Bin further stated: “As soon as a referral from Assuta Ashdod Hospital was received, we were quickly prepared, combining forces of MDA blood services and logistical staff.’
“With the assistance of Health Minister Litzman and his assistant, a suitable donor, a resident of Jerusalem who observes Shabbat, was found, and we immediately did everything we can, so that last night the patient got the plasma, which we all hope will help doctors in their efforts to improve his condition. “
Corona patients within Israel who have recovered are welcome to donate plasma, in a very simple procedure, after 14 days of complete recovery.
MDA Blood Services are calling upon such people who are willing to offer their support and help to come and donate.
For more information please call 03-9101101 or email firstname.lastname@example.org