US doctor who recovered from Ebola donates blood again

An American doctor who recovered from Ebola has donated
his blood to a second patient, a freelance cameraman who
is being treated in Nebraska, a hospital spokesman said
Wednesday.

Blood from doctor Kent Brantly, who was infected with Ebola
in Liberia over the summer and has since recovered, will be
used to treat Ashoka Mukpo, the Nebraska Medical Center
said in a statement.

“In an amazing stroke of luck, Dr. Brantly was traveling in
the area when called upon to donate his blood,” said the
statement.

He “stopped to donate. His blood was flown to Omaha and is
scheduled to be given to Mukpo today.”
Brantly had also donated his blood for another missionary
physician, Rick Sacra, who was infected with Ebola while
working in Liberia.

Since there is no drug on the market to treat Ebola, the
World Health
Organization supports the use of blood and serum
transfusions from survivors as a potential treatment.
The idea is that it may convey potent antibodies from one
person to another.

The technique has been used for years. However, it remains
scientifically unknown whether it has helped some patients
recover.

Brantly received blood from an Ebola survivor and
an experimental drug called ZMapp. Sacra received a
transfusion from Brantly and a different investigational
drug, TKM-Ebola.

“We are incredibly grateful that Dr Brantly would take the
time to do this, not once, but twice,” said Angela Hewlett,
associate medical director of the Biocontainment Unit at The
Nebraska Medical Center.

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