Visually impaired coronavirus survivor donates plasma to severely ill patients

Chaitraly Deshmukh
Thursday, 2 July 2020

Speaking to Sakal Times Sonawane said, "It was my first day at my workplace post-quarantine when I received the call from hospital authorities. I immediately informed my superiors that I wish to donate plasma and they immediately agreed. Within an hour, I was at the hospital, being counseled about the process. It felt like I was fulfilling my responsibility."

Mumbai: A day after the Chief Minister of Maharashtra, Udhhav Thackeray, appealed to the COVID-19 survivors to donate plasma for severe patients, a 27-year-old visually impaired music teacher from Mankhurd, volunteered to donate plasma at Mumbai based Nanavati Super Speciality Hospital.

The lifesaving deed has been done by Nitesh Sonawane, that may give a new life to an 80-year-old-patient who has enlisted for plasma therapy at the Hospital. The hospital approached several coronavirus survivors for the plasma donation, but Sonawane was the first to willingly agree for the same.

Speaking to Sakal Times Sonawane said, "It was my first day at my workplace post-quarantine when I received the call from hospital authorities. I immediately informed my superiors that I wish to donate plasma and they immediately agreed. Within an hour, I was at the hospital, being counseled about the process. It felt like I was fulfilling my responsibility."

He travelled alone from The Happy Home and the School for the Blind to his workplace in Worli to the hospital, and back to his home in Mankhurd, just for this cause.

He went on, "There was no reason to let my visual impairment deter my ability to donate plasma. Now after knowing that I can donate plasma after 15 days, I may return to do the same. I underwent treatment at the Nanavati Hospital with Covid-19 infection in May, this year. While all possible precautions were taken to ensure he faces no discomfort, Sonawane proved he needed no additional support and ended up being a source of inspiration for the fellow patients and staff. Within a week, Sonawane tested negative for the COVID infection. "The hospital, its staff and doctors, all gave me very positive vibes. I liked the inclusivity and transparency. Thanks to the blessings of my family, friends and my wife, I recovered soon."

Manpreet Sohal, Director and Chief Operating Officer, Nanavati Super Specialty Hospital, thanked Sonawane on behalf of the entire hospital and staff for his contribution. "Such good Samaritans encourage us to keep fighting this war against the pandemic. COVID survivors like Sonawane, are living testament of our grit and determination to eliminate the virus. We promise unconditional support to the Maharashtra government in this war against COVID-19," said Sohal.

On Monday, the Chief Minister unveiled 'Project Platina', the world's largest plasma therapy trial cum treatment, run by Maharashtra government. Over 500 Coronavirus patients with severe symptoms will get a new lease of life through 13 centres, set up under the project.

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