I donated plasma to help save lives
Pravesh is a degree apprentice at the University, who has had an extraordinary experience during the Covid pandemic. He is currently studying a Chartered Manager Degree Apprenticeship at the University whilst also working as an Associate Nurse Practitioner at Hampshire County Council’s Forest Court Nursing Home.
Studying and working during the pandemic has been challenging but I’ve discovered new ways to adapt to face these challenges.
Since the start of the pandemic, we have had to implement new measures daily to try and avoid cases and deaths at the nursing home. Currently, we are working with the NHS accepting patients to reduce the bed occupancy in hospitals and working with patients to identify their needs.
Finding out my family and I had Covid-19 was a shock. My three month old had a fever and was rushed to hospital but all tests to check for infection had come back negative. Then they tested for Covid-19 and the result was positive. I felt my heart stop on hearing the news, tears were rolling out from my eyes, my hands were shaking and I felt like someone had punched me in the face. The doctor told us we all had Covid-19 and my wife and baby were admitted to Southampton General Hospital in a Covid-19 unit while I self isolated at home.
I had two sleepless nights as part of me felt responsible that my family had caught the virus - but this motivated me to help work towards better public health and donate the plasma in my blood to help save other patients’ lives.
I have now taken the vaccine as I want to continue to keep my patients safe.