Living the AEVEX “WHY” – Empowering People to Make the World a Safer Place
Solana Beach, CA, April 8, 2020 – When Jason Garcia noticed he had a mild cough and some congestion in early March, the 36-year-old aerospace engineer from Escondido, California didn’t think much of it. Soon after, however, he had a headache, a fever, and body aches. Then came the shortness of breath.
Garcia wisely called his doctor and was told his symptoms called for a hospital visit and coronavirus test.
A positive test result
He was sent home from the hospital but received a call a few days later informing him that he had tested positive for COVID-19.
“They said stay isolated,” Garcia said. “So, that’s what I did.”
He spent nearly 10 days inside his home, confined to his office or his guest room, staying away from his active-duty Navy wife and their 11-month-old daughter.
Garcia started feeling better, and by March 18th, he considered himself “symptom free.”
Soon after, he received a letter from San Diego County saying that it was safe for him to come out of isolation on March 23rd.
Garcia explained that although the protocol for coming out of isolation was 3 days without symptoms, he wanted to be extra careful, “I decided to do five days just to be safe.”
Victory over the virus
To celebrate his recovery, he posted on social media to let his friends know he had been infected with coronavirus and beat it: “I claimed victory over this deadly virus. I won over Covid-19.”
Around that same time, health officials at St. Joseph’s Hospital in Orange County, California, also took to social media seeking out recovered coronavirus patents. The hospital needed them for an experimental but potentially life-saving treatment.
A friend of Garcia’s saw both posts and connected him with the hospital just a few days after his quarantine ended.
A potentially lifesaving donation
Garcia explained that hospital officials requested he donate plasma to a coronavirus patient who was in serious condition and unresponsive to other treatments.
He quickly agreed. “This can be turned into a lifesaving opportunity for anyone who can’t fight off this disease,” Garcia said.
The plasma donation transfers corona antibodies from Garcia, a recovered patient, to help fight the disease, explained Wendy Escobedo, director of nursing for renal services at St. Joseph’s Hospital.
On April 1st, Garcia donated his plasma to three needy patients.
Shortly after, doctors told him that all his plasma had been donated.
Thankfully, CNN recently reported that the most serious patient was taken off some medication and was improving daily.
“When I was diagnosed, the feeling was dread and fear when, in fact, this was a positive,” Garcia explained. “My getting infected possibly ended up saving someone’s life.”
Although Garcia doesn’t know how he contracted the virus, he’s glad he might contribute to a treatment until a vaccine is ready.
“If this works there’s going to be an awesome chance for people to save a lot of heartache for others and better fight for their lives.”
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