Paramedic helps COVID-19 patients recover with plasma
DİYARBAKIR- Anadolu Agency
Melek Yıldırım, a paramedic living in Diyarbakır, was infected with the virus during a trip to France and overcame it after 13 days of treatment.
Yıldırım said when she left Turkey, there were no cases of the virus in the country and that she was among the first people to test positive for COVID-19.
She said that on the fifth day of her compulsory quarantine, she began feeling pain in her joints and had a high fever.
Yıldırım said she was treated in a hospital for almost a week and went on to self-isolate at home.
"You can spread the virus to your loved ones and even may be the cause of their death.
"This will cause psychological trauma," she said.
After recovering, Yıldırım wanted to be a source of hope for other patients, so she donated her plasma- a fluid in the blood which is teeming with antibodies that can fight the infection.
She urged everyone who has been infected to make plasma donations once they test negative for the virus after recovery.