After recovering from COVID-19, retired Warwick firefighter donates plasma: ‘Hopefully it saves a life’

  • Source: WPRI-TV CBS 12 Providence
  • Published: 05/19/2020 12:00 AM

It wasn’t an easy April for retired firefighter Carl Pecchia. The 57-year-old spent most of the month on his couch battling COVID-19, which he tested positive for in late March. But after 28 days of being symptom-free, Pecchia was cleared by the American Red Cross to donate some of the plasma in his blood. Pecchia said the entire process took approximately an hour. “They took out three units of blood, separated the plasma and then put the three units of blood they took out back in,” Pecchia explained. Peccia said he was told by the American Red Cross that the antibodies in his plasma would be used to help COVID-19 patients recover. He said he was optimistic about the treatment after watching a story on CBS Sunday Morning about a woman who made a full recovery after receiving donated plasma.


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