“They thought they were going to lose me,” says the man from Lansing, who saved his life through treatment with antibodies

LANSING, Michigan (WLNS) – Governor Gretchen Whitmer yesterday focused much of her COVID-19 briefing on expanding the COVID-19 treatment known as monoclonal antibodies.

They are artificial proteins that act like antibodies in your immune system.

Whitmer said it was the same treatment that may have saved the life of former President Trump when he received COVID-19 in October 2020.

An East Lansing deacon had a similar experience to President Trump’s treatment.

“My wife didn’t tell me after I got better, but they thought they were going to lose me,” said Dave Drayton, a deacon at St. Thomas Aquinas Church and St. John’s Catholic Church in East Lansing.

He got COVID-19 in January and things were so bad that he hardly remembers anything.

“I had a fever of at least 103 plus for at least seven days,” he said.

It wasn’t until his son encouraged Dave’s wife to ask for monoclonal treatment. Then things turned around.

“It’s scary to think that this is not widely known. My wife said it made me feel better and after a day or two she saw constant improvement. “

The state’s chief medical executive Joneigh Khaldun said yesterday if you test positive for COVID-19 you should ask about these therapies, as the Drayton family did.

“Ask as soon as possible after getting your positive because you will only qualify if it is within ten days of symptoms appearing and the sooner the better,” Khaldun said.

Looking back, Drayton says he is eternally grateful for everything his wife and family have done to keep him alive, and he hopes one day he will be able to visit Sparrow Hospital to thank them for making them have done the same.

“A woman who was so kind to me at Sparrow, I don’t remember her name, I just remember her smile, her eyes, and the way she looked after me,” Drayton said.

There are still some unknowns about this treatment, so 6 News asked Drayton, “Would he do it again?”

“I would say yes. If my wife were here, she would definitely say because I asked her the same thing. With her tearful eyes she definitely said … Definitely.”

Dr. Khaldun said here in Michigan that 94 percent of people who received therapy didn’t report any negative side effects. Those who only had minor short-lived symptoms, such as a headache or a fever.

“It’s scary to think that this is not widely known,” she said.

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