ROANOKE, Va. (WFXR) — A Virginia man is donating his convalescent plasma Thursday afternoon with hopes it will help others battling the coronavirus.
Tim Martin is scheduled to make the donation at Pembroke Mall’s American Red Cross donation Center in Virginia Beach.
According to the Red Cross, 30 Virginians have given some of their plasma within the last month.
Martin believes it is his obligation to give hope to those experiencing what he went through.
Health experts believe plasma from someone who has recovered from COVID-19 has antibodies that attack the illness.
Martin says he contracted the virus in the mid-March.
He thought his allergies were just bad.
One day after attending a retreat with members from his church, he came down with more symptoms of the coronavirus.
Martin says for more than two weeks, he had a dry cough, shortness of breath, difficulty breathing and uncontrollable chills.
“There were three days where the pain was nearly unbearable,” Martin said.
He said he is thankful he never had to be hospitalized.
Martin beat COVID-19 by the end of March.
He says donating his plasma can be the difference between life and death for someone battling what he overcame.
“As a member of society, it’s important that every one of us works to serve the society in the best ways that we can,” he said.
There are certain requirements that qualify people to donate their plasma:
- Test positive for COVID-19
- Be symptom free and fully recovered
- Be at least 17 years old; Weigh at least 110 pounds
- Be in good health
Martin says he went on the retreat with 25 members from his church.
From that group, he says only one other person tested positive for the virus and has made a full recovery.
Martin says his wife and daughter had “presumptive positive” cases while he was also sick.
They also beat the coronavirus.