18-year-old Manshul Rathodiya of Udaipur becomes the youngest plasma donor of India. The teenager donated plasma at the age of 18 years and 5 days on 3rd May 2021.
The convalescent plasma therapy aims at using antibodies from the blood of recovered Covid-19 patients to treat those who are critically affected by the virus. The therapy can also be used to immunize those who are at a high risk of contracting the virus, such as health workers, families of patients, and other high-risk contacts.
This is definitely a proud moment for all Udaipurites that the youngest plasma donor in India belongs to Udaipur. Team UdaipurBlog had a quick conversation with Manshul Rathodiya and here is what he has to say on this noble deed of his, which set a new record:
You’ve become India’s youngest person to donate plasma, how are you feeling?
Manshul: “I felt very nice, it’s an amazing feeling. And what better than saving someone’s life.”
When you made up your mind regarding donating plasma, what was going on inside you and how did you come up with this decision?
Manshul: “When I used to see on social media that this blood group plasma is required, that plasma is required, so I spoke to myself, if I could do anything, I will do it. So that is how I came up with my decision and I finally did it.”
How did your family react when you informed them of your decision?
Manshul: “My family was totally supportive. They supported me and my decision, that yes, you can donate plasma, rather you should, and we are with you.”
While donating plasma, how were you feeling? How was the experience?
Manshul: “I was feeling very proud at that time and by donating plasma once, I can save the lives of two people. It was a great experience and I was really happy.”
Tell us about your inspiration. How did you get inspired for such a great cause?
Manshul: “I saw pictures of people donating plasma on UdaipurBlog. So, I got inspired from there that I should also donate plasma. It was already twenty to twenty-five days since I recovered from covid. So after searching about how to donate, finally, I did it.”
What message would you like to give to our Udaipurblog readers?
Manshul: “I would just like to say one thing that if anyone is capable of donating plasma then they should donate. What better deed you can do than saving someone’s life.”
An extraordinary heart and selfless thought process is required for such noble acts and in times when people are afraid and reluctant towards plasma donation, this young boy from Udaipur has set an example, a benchmark that for doing something great, greatness is required.
Shed your fear away; and if you have recently recovered from the Covid-19 virus and if you are eligible to donate plasma then don’t give it a second thought. It’s a noble job, put your foot forward and it starts from you.
If you wish to donate plasma, click here
Written by: Nivedita Rai