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Filipino nurse and Murcia native, COVID and cancer survivor in America to donate blood for research

BACOLOD CITY, Negros Occidental, Philippines – Murcia town native Carlo Sales, a cancer survivor who also survived the COVID19 recently, will be donating blood to the laborstories in the United States, which he hopes can deepen understanding on the virus causing the COVID19 disease and, eventually lead to a vaccine. (READ: Early Yuletide story: Carlo licks the Big C, beats the Pesky D)

Sales, a nurse now based in Oklahoma City, was infected with the COVID-19 disease shortly after doctors cleared him of chronic myelogenous leukemia (CML) defined as an “uncommon type of cancer of the bone marrow” that causes an “increased number of white blood cells in the blood.”

Recently, he also survived the COVID19 and was tested negative in RT-PCR repeat tests three times after the two-week period during which he had recovered.

Today, however, he was told his latest test results came back positive.

“(The virus) will be in my system for at least 30 days,” Sales quoted staff from the Centers for Disease Control as having told him.

“I just might be lucky,” Sales said in an online interview with DNX from his home in Oklahoma City where more than 5,000 people have been infected and at least 77 have died.

Watch the DNX interview with Carlo Sales below after he was declared free of leukemia on his birthday last month.

DNX One On One with Carlo Sales

CARLO TRUMPS CANCER. For the first time in his life today, Bacolod and Murcia native Carlo Sales didn't know who to call. He was heady when he got out of the oncologist's office on the morning of his 47th birthday."You are cancer-free," the doctor told him after his test results for leukemia came out. We have reported earlier last year that Carlo had beaten cancer but it was a bit too early, he said because his medication "plateaued" or did not become as effective as before. He was given a higher dose afterwards. "I just sat in my car and didn't know who to call then I said a prayer of thanks," he tells DNX.Carlo speaks from his home in Oklahoma City in the United States where he had been working for more than 20 years as a nurse and where COVID cases reach up to 200 a day.As a cancer patient, the COVID forced him to limit exposure to public places yet he continued to work as a nurse."It's like night and day," Carlo says when asked how he feels now compared to when he was battling the Big C.How did he survived the long dark nights?Watch the interview.Read the background story.https://www.dnx.news/features/early-yuletide-story-carlo-licks-the-big-c-beats-the-pesky-d/

Posted by DNX News on Monday, 29 June 2020
Julius D. Mariveles
Julius D. Mariveles
An amateur cook who has a mean version of humba, the author has recently tried to make mole negra, the Mexican sauce he learned by watching shows of master chef Rick Bayless. A journalist since 19, he has worked in the newsrooms of radio, local papers, and Manila-based news organizations. A stroke survivor, he now serves as executive editor of DNX.


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