Ebola patient Ashoka Mukpo is to receive a blood transfusion from previous Ebola patient Dr. Kent Brantly the University of Nebraska Medical Center has announced.
In an incredible stroke of luck, Brantly is of the same blood type as Mukpo and was traveling in the Omaha area when contacted about donating blood. Brantly’s serum contains antibodies against the Ebola virus that physicians think might be helpful in fighting Mukpo’s infection.
Mukpo is also receiving supportive care and receiving an experimental antiviral drug from Chimerix.
This is the second blood donation Dr. Brantly has provided. His convalescent serum was given to Ebola patient Dr. Richard Sacra.
Dr. Sacra was discharged from the hospital several weeks ago without suffering the end stage disease such as cardiac, kidney, or liver failure.
Dr. Angela Hewlett of the Biocontainment Unit at the Nebraska Medical Center expressed thanks to Dr. Brantly.
“We are incredibly grateful that Dr. Brantly would take the time to do this, no once, but twice.”