Alan Mack's daughter died of the virus in April. Now, he's hoping he can prevent others from going through what his family experienced.
Alan Mack caught the deadly Coronavirus from his daughter Rebecca Mack before she passed away. Though his daughter succumbed to the disease, he has since recovered from it. Now, he wants to help others so that they never have to experience the pain and trauma that his family went through. Therefore, he has joined a clinical trial so his antibodies can be donated to those who need to fight against the virus. Since first joining the trial, he has donated his plasma eight times already—one of only 20 people to have done so during this short period of time, BBC News reports.
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Rebecca worked in the children's cancer unit at Newcastle's Royal Victoria Infirmary. She also worked for the National Health Services. Once she contracted the virus, she had been self-isolating at home. She unfortunately passed away in April while waiting for an ambulance to arrive. Mack and his wife Marion Mack caught the virus from her shortly before the United Kingdom went into lockdown, when they were driving her home from work so she would not have to use public transport. The family did not exhibit any symptoms at first, but the father and daughter quickly became very ill. The mother's illness was not as severe.
How courageous and selfless is this man ♥️https://t.co/Duc9XVBaTw— Kerry Bell #shieldingwarrior #ShieldingSavesLives (@KerryBe42470849) October 10, 2020
"It was just horrendous," Mack shared. "Rebecca herself, when she was working for the [NHS], she just thought it was a glorified flu bug. A lot of people did think that but it isn't, it's nasty." Rebecca is not the only person to believe that the Coronavirus is not as serious as it is made to be in the media. Infamously, United States President Donald Trump was hospitalized after catching the virus. Unlike him, however, millions of people across the globe do not have access to world-class quality healthcare and a team of highly-trained experts. Therefore, it is best to follow the advice of medical professionals: stay at home, wear a mask, wash your hands, and practice social distancing.
Mack has since recovered from the disease and wants to help others who have contracted it. He stated, "I don't want anybody, if at all possible, to go through what we had to go through. There are so many people, I think, who just think it won't happen to them and it can." Along with his wife, he is also fundraising for the Great North Children's Hospital in their daughter Rebecca's memory. He plans to continue donating his plasma, as long as he has sufficient antibodies to do so. It is believed that antibodies built up by those who have already had the virus will help others with the illness recover. This kind father is thus doing his community a great service and honoring his daughter's life.