Coronavirus patient, 43, dies after receiving experimental plasma therapy


Coronavirus patient Scott Kaplan, pictured right with his wife and sons, died even after receiving experimental convalescent plasma therapy (Photos: KDVR)

A 43-year-old coronavirus patient was killed by the disease even after receiving experimental convalescent plasma therapy hailed as a potential game changer. Father of two married Scott Kaplan died in a Denver, Colorado hospital earlier this month after suffering two strokes from blood clots from Covid-19.

Scott’s bereaved sister, Marci Kaplan, said he seemed to be getting better after receiving treatment, who sees plasma injected by people who have beaten Covid-19 in current suffering in order to boost their immune response . But he died after being unable to overcome another complication seen in critically ill Covid-19 patients.

She explained, “The worst roller coaster ride. He would have a good day and you would sigh in relief, then the next morning something happened overnight and he took two steps back. “

Scott, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, was so sick that he ended up on a ventilator, but that he had been successfully removed a few days before his death and seemed to be rallying. Marci told KDVR, “We had created a playlist for him so that he could listen to his music and when one of the nurses came back, he actually said the lyrics. His brain was coming back to us. “

Scott’s other sister, Samantha Dunham, lives out of state, which means that she was unable to attend Wednesday’s funeral for the man known as “the gentle giant.” She spoke of her shock at her brother’s infection and death, saying, “It’s very real. If you don’t take it seriously, it will happen to someone you know and love. “

Blood clotting is a common symptom found in critically ill coronavirus patients, and it is estimated to affect up to a third of those diagnosed with the disease.

Surgeon Dr. Barbara Melendez of the Vascular Institute in the Rockies said the symptom often appears when Covid-19 patients appear to be above the worst of the disease.

She explained, “It is not the most common symptom of Covid and it tends, at least in the patients we have seen, to come after they have had their most prominent Covid symptoms.

“If the inside of our arteries is not working as it should, the blood gets blocked and this blockage can cause a clot. “

Colorado has so far seen more than 18,300 confirmed cases of coronavirus and nearly 950 deaths from coronavirus.

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