DAYTON, Ohio – A 21-year-old Brooklyn man now living with his family in Oakwood donated COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) Monday, April 6 at Community Blood Center. He is the area’s first recovered COVID-19 patient to donate plasma for the treatment of those infected with the disease.
The donation is for an emergency need and comes as Community Blood Center is finalizing steps to open the CCP collection program to the eligible public. CBC has been working with the FDA and local hospitals to coordinate the collection and use of COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma.
COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma (CCP) can be transfused to people with life-threatening coronavirus COVID-19 infection. The antibodies present in convalescent plasma are proteins that may help critically ill patients fight the infection.
Menachem Mendel Mangel is the first former COVID-19 patient to donate CCP plasma in the Miami Valley region. He is the 21-year-old son of Rabbi Nochum Mangel of the Chabad Lubavitch of Greater Dayton synagogue.
Manachem Mangel returned to Oakwood for a Passover visit on March 16. He tested positive for COVID-19 on March 18. Rabbi Mangel learned about CCP donations from a physician who is a member of the synagogue and encouraged his son to donate.
Manachem donated plasma on April 6 after receiving a negative test for the disease which proved that he was no longer able to infect others. CBC immediately processed the CCP donation into three units and sent it Miami Valley Hospital.
“I’m back here for Passover,” said Menachem, who works as a marketing strategist. “My dad told me about donating (convalescent) plasma and I said I’d do it. It wasn’t too much of a debate! I’ve donated before and anything I can do to help.”
“The entire community worked with great intensity and purpose to make this happen,” said CBC Medical Director Dr. James Alexander. “In the end, we do what we do to help those that are in need and through the efforts of a great many people, we were able to accomplish that task. We hope to establish a CCP program for the community soon. We will do everything possible to meet the needs of our community.”
Menachem is blood type AB-negative, which is ideal for CCP donation. He plans to return to New York “when it is safe.” He continues to work remotely from his family’s Oakwood home and stays in touch with friends. “Everyone I know who has tested positive is planning to try to donate,” he said.
Transfusing CCP into a person still fighting COVID-19 can provide a boost to the patient’s immune system and potentially help them recover. Early indications are promising for this to be an effective treatment in the most critical cases of COVID-19 infections.
Potential donors must meet all standard screening criteria for blood donation, plus pass additional FDA criteria, including:
- Have a prior diagnosis of COVID-19 documented by a laboratory test or doctor’s note.
- Have evidence of lack of infectivity through testing or when one month has passed from complete resolution of symptoms.
- Meet current blood donation protocols.
- Their physician must determine they meet the criteria before they schedule an appointment.
CBC continues to finalize plans for public recruitment of CCP donors. CBC hopes to post full CCP donor criteria and application forms on the CBC website by Friday, April 10.