Bob Kovacs of Flemington, N.J., considers himself lucky. Three months
ago, he had just completed a Polar Bear Plunge and was exercising four
times a week, and on April 4 that all changed.
Kovacs is the administrator at Hunterdon Care Center and had been
working 29 days straight to help manage care for his residents. On
Sunday, March 29, he took a much needed day off and by that Wednesday he
had to be rushed to Hunterdon Medical Center by ambulance. Kovacs was
having difficulty breathing and a high fever and tested positive for
COVID-19. Not long after Kovacs was admitted to Hunterdon Medical
Center, his wife, Diane, of 37 years was diagnosed with COVID-19 and had
to recover at home by herself. “She is a strong woman and was my
beacon,” stated Kovacs.
“I don’t remember anything from the first two weeks in the hospital. I
was on heavy oxygen and close to being placed on a ventilator,” he said.
“At about midnight on Thursday, April 30, I received a gift, a
convalescent plasma donation from another COVID-19 patient. Right after
receiving the infusion, I felt a burst of energy and stood up. The next
day, I got dressed myself and felt so much better.”
Convalescent Plasma has been shown to help people sickened by COVID-19.
People who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and have recovered from the
virus can help save a life by donating convalescent plasma.
“Today, May 5 is my 30th day in the hospital and I am going home. I
can’t thank the team of physicians, nurses, respiratory therapists and
all the staff for the exceptional care I received. I will never forget
how they made me feel and will forever be grateful to them,” stated
Kovacs was discharged to rest at home. He promised he will pay the
donation he received of convalescent plasma forward and donate when he
To be a convalescent plasma donor a participant must meet the following criteria:
● You must be free of symptoms due to COVID-19 for at least 28 days.
● You must be in good health and eligible to be a volunteer community blood donor.
● If you have had a pregnancy, tissue transplant or transfusion you must
be negative for HLA antibodies. If your HLA antibody status is unknown
the blood center can test you.
If you are interested in being a donor and meet the donor criteria
listed above, contact the Miller-Keystone Blood Bank at (610) 691-5850
x1279, and tell them that you are interested in helping Hunterdon
Medical Center patients with COVID-19 by making a convalescent plasma