Karl Rock, a video recorder from New Zealand who has lived in India for the past three years, has received praise from Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal after he donated plasma to help severely ill coronavirus patients in the national capital.
Responding to the video, Mr. Kejriwal said: “Karl Rock, a Delhiite citizen from New Zealand, donated plasma. You must watch the video about his experience. I am sure this will encourage more to go forward donating plasma and help save lives”.
Mr. Rock answered: “Wow, Arvind Kejriwal calls me a Delhi person … an honor “.
The popular YouTuber, which has recovered from the virus, released a short video describing his experience at the world-class Institute of Heart and Bilier Sciences in South Delhi. He also urged others who had recovered to donate “to help fellow Indians”.
“Namaste friend. Now you know I have a corona. And there is one benefit to being able to donate plasma to help people who are really sick … those who are in critical condition. So when I heard that Delhi’s chief minister opened a plasma bank, I called him and registered, “Karl Rock said in his video.
“It is a privilege to be able to give plasma and help others, to help fellow Indians,” he added, reminding viewers, “Plasma therapy is the best treatment for COVID-19 that we have today”.
– Karl Rock (@iamkarlrock) July 10, 2020
In the nine-minute video, he invites viewers to take a quick tour of southern Delhi, including Khan Market and past the residence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and the late Jawaharlal Nehru.
At ILBS in Vasant Kunj, Delhi, Rock interacts with hospital staff in Hindi. He described the symptoms when medical staff prepared them for plasma donations.
“The needle has entered but I can’t feel anything. So, even if you have a fear of needles, don’t worry. You can’t feel anything but a little prick at first,” he assured the audience.
After the donation, which took about an hour, Mr Rock and others who had donated were given sandwiches and coconut water packages as drinks and a thank-you certificate signed by Arvind Kejriwal.
“It’s good to help,” he said, adding, “you can contribute if your test results are positive and it’s been more than two weeks since you recovered.”
The national capital, the worst-hit metro city and the third-worst region in the country, was opened India’s first plasma bank this month.
Plasma therapy involves plasma transfusion from a coronavirus patient who is recovering to a critical patient. The blood of patients who are recovering is rich in antibodies that are expected to help critically recovered patients.
Delhi has nearly 1.10 lakhs confirming COVID-19 cases, of which more than 21,000 are still active. 3,300 deaths have been linked to infectious viruses.
Across India more than 8.2 lakh cases have been detected, with more than 22,000 deaths reported.
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