Staff Nurse Denise Brady and partner David Gaughan, both from Edinburgh, have recently donated Convalescent Plasma together after contracting Covid-19.
Denise had been looking after patients who were recovering from Covid-19 when she began to develop symptoms. After being tested at work, it was confirmed that she had contracted the virus. Denise’s partner David, who works as Head of Service Delivery for a charity, was also tested and it was confirmed that he too had Covid-19.
Both Denise and David feel incredibly fortunate that their personal experience of the virus wasn’t too severe. Denise said 'We both feel very lucky. We experienced shortness of breath and mostly flu like symptoms which we managed with paracetamol. I lost my sense of smell and taste for around four days'.
Thankfully Denise and David had relatively mild symptoms and Denise was able to return to work after two weeks.
Already a regular blood donor, Denise had seen an advertisement on Facebook appealing for donors who had recently recovered from Covid-19 to donate Convalescent Plasma. David, who hadn’t given blood for a long time, received a letter inviting him to come forward to donate.
Both keen to do their bit to help others fighting the virus, Denise and David contacted SNBTS and were booked in to Edinburgh Donor Centre to provide their whole blood donation.
When Convalescent Plasma is given through whole blood, a normal blood donation is taken, but it is processed differently behind the scenes. This means that your red blood cells can also be used to help patients. You will then be able to give blood again as normal in three months' time.
It’s an hour out of your life, it’s pretty painless and if we can help other patients recover from this virus then it’s worth it. That’s what we’re doing it for, it’s to help others suffering from Covid-19.
Denise Brady, Convalescent Plasma donor.
Denise said 'the whole process was completely fine, it was just like a regular donation. I had my chocolate biscuit at the end and even did a bit of shopping afterwards'.
'It’s an hour out of your life, it’s pretty painless and if we can help other patients recover from this virus then it’s worth it. That’s what we’re doing it for, it’s to help others suffering from Covid-19'.
Huge thanks to Denise and David for sharing their story and we for wish them both the best of health going forward.
You no longer need to have tested positive for Covid-19 to be considered as a Convalescent Plasma donor.
If you had symptoms or had to self-isolated, phone 0345 90 90 999 to speak to the nursing team, telling them you want to give convalescent plasma.
Likewise, if you know someone who either tested positive, or strongly believe they had the virus, please share this message and ask them to contact us.
Current blood stock levels across Scotland Monday 26 October