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Coronavirus-struck Egyptian actress Ragaa Al-Geddawy now stable after using recently trialled blood plasma treatment Open in fullscreen

Diana Alghoul

Coronavirus-struck Egyptian actress Ragaa Al-Geddawy now stable after using recently trialled blood plasma treatment

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Date of publication: 8 June, 2020

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Egyptian actress Ragaa Al-Geddawy is now stable after being given a new blood plasma treatment for coronavirus.

Iconic Egyptian actress Ragaa Al-Geddawy is in stable condition after being injected with a blood plasma treatment whilst in intensive care for coronavirus.

Al-Geddawy, 81, was diagnosed with the deadly virus on 25 May. She was sent to intensive care on 2 June and rumours of her death began circulating shortly after.

Her daughter, Amira, on Sunday debunked any rumours of her death, telling local newspaper Youm al-Sabaa that Al-Geddawy is now in stable condition at the intensive care unit at a hospital in the governorate of Ismailia.

"All praise to God, my mother’s condition is now stable," she said, thanking those who prayed for her recovery.

A medical source at Abu Khalifa Hospital, where Al-Geddawy is being treated, confirmed that they used a plasma blood transfusion which the ministry of health approved after passing trials on Friday.

The source explained Al-Geddawy’s condition improved after being given the treatment, which is a blood infusion of a former Covid-19 patient who has already recovered from the virus.

Scientists in Egypt believe it has the necessary antibodies the help the current patient fight the virus.

"She stabilised after receiving two doses. Her temperature was fixed at 37 degrees celcius and the level of oxygen in her blood remained at 97 percent. Her blood pressure and pulse are thus far stable," the source said.

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