Hero docs save COVID-19 mum with blood of virus survivor after premature birth
A woman in severe condition with coronavirus and who gave birth in her 30th week of pregnancy has recovered after being treated with survivor plasma.
When the unnamed 31-year-old from Jelenia Góra was first infected with the killer virus, she was turned down by three hospitals before being taken to hospital in Kędzierzyn-Koźle where, following a caesarean delivery, her condition severely deteriorated.
Immediately transferred to intensive care her condition continued to worsen for another week until doctors decided to apply a non-standard, experimental therapy using the blood plasma of a Covid-19 convalescent.
Two days after receiving the plasma, the woman’s condition improved dramatically and after 36 hours she could be taken off ventilation tubes. After another 24 hours, her condition was so good that she was transferred to a regular ward.
Doctors say that COVID 19 symptoms have subsided and the patient will be able to leave the hospital in the coming days provided that the coronavirus tests show a negative result.
Dr. Jacek Mazur, Director of Medical Affairs at the hospital said: “We gave her the plasma of a person who recovered from COVID-19 and made antibodies.
“As it turned out, a very positive surprise awaited us. The patient's condition began to improve in front of our eyes.
“It was a spectacular improvement. If it weren't for our quick action, it could have all ended tragically.”
The new mum says she now cannot wait to hold her new born baby who is currently in Opole hospital where she was transferred after being born 10 weeks early.
Weighing only 1,550 grams, the baby girl was taken to a specialised clinic and her condition is now reported to be improving.