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Coronavirus: Indian-American cardiologist gets plasma donor after appeal for help goes viral

NRI Pulse Staff Report

Atlanta, GA, April 8, 2020: An Indian-American cardiologist from Dayton, Ohio, who was reportedly hospitalized for covid-19, has received a plasma donation after a call for help from the community across the US.

Dr. Mukul Chandra is the medical director of cardiac preventive care and research at Miami Valley Hospital.

According to the appeal by his medical fraternity that was circulated widely on social media, Dr Chandra was on a ventilator, and was looking for a plasma donor who has tested positive for covid-19 and then made a full recovery.

“This is an FDA approved treatment on an individual basis and has been proven to be lifesaving in some cases, especially among critically ill patients,” the appeal added.

Hematologist Dr Jhansi Koduri, who is affiliated with Miami Valley Hospital, through a Facebook post, said a plasma donor had been found.

“It’s very exciting that we found a convalescent plasma donor for Dr.Mukul Chandra today,” her post dated April 6 said.

“We are forever grateful for all the volunteers that stepped forward to donate plasma and numerous others working in the background to make it happen.”

“On the behalf of Dr.Chandra’s family and friends we would like to thank everyone and to pray for his continued improvement and recovery.”

She also made an appeal to potential plasma donors to contact the Red Cross at https://www.redcrossblood.org/donate-blood/dlp/plasma-donations-from-recovered-covid-19-patients.html  or local community blood banks to help those in need.

Dr. Mukul Chandra graduated from University of Baroda in Gujarat, India. He completed residencies in Internal Medicine at the State University of New York in Brooklyn, New York and Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia.

Dr. Chandra completed his cardiology fellowship at University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston, Texas. He is board-certified in Cardiovascular Disease and Cardiovascular Computed Tomography.

Dr. Chandra serves as Medical Director of Cardiac Preventive Care and Research at Miami Valley Hospital. He is an Assistant Clinical Professor at Wright State University, School of Medicine and was the recipient of the 2008 AHA Distinguished Achievement Award.

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