BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Many families are struggling as the coronavirus pandemic prevents them from visiting their sick loved ones who are in the hospital.
This includes one family in Harvard, Mass. who is asking for people who have recovered from COVID-19 to donate blood plasma to potentially help her father who is currently suffering from the virus.
When Amanda Nichols’ dad — George Grenier — first got sick, he didn’t want to go to the hospital because he had heard about bed shortages. But, he got tested early last week.
“Once he got home he literally sat in the car for 20 minutes because he was so tired he couldn’t walk to the front door,” Nichols said.
Nichols ended up calling 911 and Grenier was taken to Emerson Hospital.
“They told him his best chance was to go on a ventilator and they had him call to say goodbye,” Nichols said.
Now, Grenier is in a medically induced coma. His family can talk to him once a day on an iPad.
Nichols said the community has been incredibly supportive.
“All of the neighbors are going out of their way to make food and bring things to make us smile,” Nichols said.
However, Nichols says there’s something her father needs.
“It seems like transfusions from people who have recovered from COVID have helped people who are very ill,” Nichols said.
She’s calling on people who have recovered to donate blood plasma to possibly save her dad’s life. Nichols can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WBZ NewsRadio's Madison Rogers (@_madisonrogers) reports