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Cancer doc donates plasma for trial

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A 28-year-old doctor attached with a cancer hospital donated his plasma on Wednesday, offering a boost to clinical trial of convalescent plasma therapy on Covid-19 patients.

Sayantan Chakraborty, resident ICU doctor at Tata Medical Centre, New Town, contracted the virus in the line of duty and was treated at ID Hospital in Beliaghata. “I am proud to have donated my plasma as this clinical trial could open up a new horizon in Covid-19 treatment,” he said. A total of 450ml plasma was taken from him and the procedure lasted about 45 minutes.

Last week Monami Biswas (23), a management student had donated her plasma, becoming the first donor at the department of immuno-haematology and blood transfusion at Medical College and Hospital.

Chakraborty has been working at the cancer specialty hospital for nearly three years now. The Birati resident found infected in mid-April and he was cured and discharged from hospital on April 29. “I was treated by an excellent team of doctors at ID Hospital. Before my discharge, I was asked whether I would donate my plasma for the clinical trial that would take place in that hospital itself. I agreed as plasma donation would be my small contribution towards the project. That way, I would be able to give back something to the doctors who took care of me,” Chakraborty told TOI. “I would appeal to all discharged Covid patients, who are young and healthy, to donate plasma.”

A collaborative project of Council of Scientific & Industrial Research and the state government, plasma donation is being carried out at MCH, while the clinical trial will take place at ID Hospital. “We would have had two young doctors donating plasma on Wednesday. But the other doctor, who is attached to our hospital, had an accidental fall,” said immuno-haematology and blood transfusion head Prasun Bhattacharya. Now, the repository at MCH has got plasma that can be used on two patients for trial as and when the research team gets matching recipients.


Source: Times of India

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