Karnataka: Another COVID-19 patient recovers after successful plasma therapy

The patient began undergoing plasma therapy on May 27

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A COVID-19 patient, who is also diabetic, recovered after successfully undergoing onvalescent plasma therapy in Bengaluru.

The patient began undergoing plasma therapy on May 27 after being admitted to Victoria Hospital in Bengaluru. “Since then, there has been a steady improvement in her condition, resulting in her being weaned off high flow nasal oxygen on June 2. She was shifted from the ICU to the ward on June 4 and is presently on minimal oxygen,’’ Dr Jayanthi C.R., director, Bengaluru Medical College Research Institute (BMCRI), who led the therapy, said.

According to Jayanthi, the patient had severe COVID-19 pneumonia. “She was put on high flow nasal oxygen, antibiotics and COVID-19 treatment as per protocol,” she said. The patient had poor glucose control, making the treatment all the more challenging

“This significant improvement in her clinical condition is reassuring. We are closely monitoring her and hope to see her recover completely,’’ Jayanthi said.

"A middle-aged patient admitted in the Victoria Hospital ICU due to infection (Covid) has recovered and released from the acute care unit. This is the second case of a plasma recovered patient who is currently placed in a general ward," Health Minister B. Sriramulu had tweeted.

Karnataka Institute of Medical Sciences and Hospital had reported the state’s first plasma therapy success story a few days ago. A 65-year-old COVID-19 patient was treated with plasma donated by a 63-year-old patient from Hubballi who had recovered from the disease, and the results were encouraging. As per the therapy, 200ml of plasma was administered to the patient twice a day.