DONNA, Texas — After over a month spend in the hospital fighting COVID-19, 51 -year-old Matias Rios is back home in Donna tonight.
“I couldn’t breathe, my lungs were severely affected. They tried to help with oxygen and a ventilator to try to control everything but it wasn’t enough,” he explained in Spanish during a Zoom interview with KVEO-TV.
“Both my lungs were damaged. I was in a coma for about 3 weeks and it was a process where I was unconscious.”
He didn’t improve until after he received plasma from someone who recovered from COVID-19.
Dr. Alfredo Arauco Brown from DHR health says this is a first of its kind program offered in the valley.
So far, 17 patients have received these transfusions.
“When we’re talking about plasma we’re talking about transfusing passively antibodies that were preformed on patients in patients that already recovered from COVID-19 and transfer those antibodies to critically ill patients,” Dr. Arauco Brown said.
To find out more information about this program or how you can donate plasma you can call (956) 215-3166 / (956) 342-4896.