Manalapan man in Covid-19 coma desperately needs plasma
Michael Parisi is a 45-year old Manalapan man who is fighting for his life at Jersey Shore Medical University Center because of COVID-19.
The Manalapan native, who moved back from South Carolina and set up Mike Parisi Tax Consultants with offices in Brooklyn and Colts Neck, and is constantly seen volunteering at Manalapan school events, has been on a ventilator since Easter Sunday. That was also the last time his wife Josephine was able to see him.
He was "fighting strong but has taken a few steps back," according to the Facebook page of Dan Taugher. You could possibly save him with a plasma donation.
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What they're asking for simply is anyone with A+ blood type or O blood type who previously tested positive for COVID-19 and is now symptom-free for at least a 14-day period who would be willing to donate plasma — which could help patients like Mike continue fighting.
UPDATE: Good news! Mike's family says he's getting the plasma he needs. But they're still strongly encouraging donors to sign up and help the many people who are suffering from COVID-19. If you or someone you know can donate plasma, or for those that are looking for more information on how to donate plasma, please fill out the form here.
Parisi's situation is similar to that of Brett Breslow, who was in a coma at Cooper Hospital and was able to come out of it and is getting better.
Also from Dan Taugher's Facebook page: "If you have ever been fortunate enough to meet Mike and have a drink with him you would know that he’s the kindest and nicest guy and we are desperately trying to help him in any way we can."
Here's hoping we can do so!
Clarification: This post has been updated to reflect that Parisi's family says he's now getting plasma treatment. Hackensack Meridian Health says while donations cannot be earmarked for specific patients, there's a strong need and continued donations are appreciated.
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