Khalfan Hamood, 35, a resident of Al Khuwayr, who works in the oil and gas sector is the first plasma donor in Oman.
Speaking to Muscat Daily, Hamood said, “When the virus [Novel Coronavirus] attacks your body, the feeling is horrible. What I have been through only I know. I want those who are ill to recover fast.”
Things started to turn bad for Hamood post his return from a neighbouring country. “I had high fever which refused to subside. I visited two private hospitals who said that it was normal fever and gave medications accordingly.
“I told them that I may have COVID-19 symptoms but none agreed. From March 8 to 17, I was on medicines for high fever. I visited a third private hospital who referred me to The Royal Hospital due to COVID-19 symptoms. I was admitted at The Royal Hospital as test results showed that 50 per cent of the lungs were infected. I was in the ICU and was discharged after a week.”
Hamood said that the blood banking services department, Ministry of Health and The Royal Hospital approached him last week for plasma donation. “When they asked me I could not say no. If I can do something to reduce someone’s pain I will. They explained that it’s a totally safe process. I was tested again for COVID-19 which was negative. There is no pain in donating plasma. It is the same as you are donating blood. I felt so happy that my plasma will save someone’s life. It can’t be described in words.”