MANILA — After surviving the novel coronavirus disease (COVID-19), screen veteran Christopher de Leon has donated blood in the hope of helping other patients recover.
On Tuesday, de Leon's wife and fellow actor Sandy Andolong shared a photo of him with medical staff administering the donation.
"Hubby donated his plasma this afternoon. Thank you to all the doctors and staff of St. Luke's Global for your help and assistance. All honor and glory to God," she wrote.
De Leon first announced testing positive for COVID-19 on March 17. He made a full recovery and was discharged from the hospital a week later. A confirmatory test showed that he is indeed negative of the disease on April 13.
Infusions of blood plasma from COVID-19 survivors have been used as treatment for those battling the disease — an approach described as "very valid" by the World Health Organization.
In early April, the Philippine General Hospital issued a call for donations of blood plasma from those who have recovered from COVID-19. The blood plasma contains antibodies against the disease, the hospital said.
Previously, Senators Sonny Angara and Migz Zubiri, who are among the high-profile cases of COVID-19 in the Philippines, donated plasma after their respective recovery.