A California man who was diagnosed with the coronavirus and recovered has donated his plasma to help others fighting the potentially deadly virus.
An Orange County hospital has become the first on the West Coast to try an experimental treatment for COVID-19 as a patient in serious condition just received a plasma transfusion from a man who recently recovered.
On March 6, Jason Garcia noticed he had a mild cough and some congestion.
The 36-year-old aerospace engineer from Escondido, California, didn’t think that much of it. But later while on a work trip, he noticed a headache had begun accompanying his cough.
Within a day, he also had a fever and body aches that quickly came and went. Then he began experiencing shortness of breath
Garcia called his doctor and based on his symptoms was told to go to the hospital and get tested for coronavirus.
If it works, it could offer hope as the potentially deadly infection wreaks havoc worldwide.
Inside St. Joseph Hospital in Orange, a critically ill coronavirus patient waits to see if an trial treatment will help him recover.
“It”s really there for those patients that are severely affected or whose life is threatened by the virus,” said Wendy Escobedo, RN, the nursing director for Dialysis and Kidney Transplants.