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COVID-19 survivors helping patients with convalescent plasma

The convalescent plasma from the recovered patients contains antibodies that can help fight the...
The convalescent plasma from the recovered patients contains antibodies that can help fight the virus, doctors said.((Source: WIS))
Updated: Dec. 31, 2020 at 5:59 PM CST
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SHREVEPORT, La. (KSLA) - Right now, a record number of people are testing positive for COVID-19. That means there are more people who need convalescent plasma, and there are more people who can give it.

There is currently a significant shortage of convalescent plasma. However, plasma from COVID-19 survivors has been found to be more useful to treat current COVID patients.

That includes Lisa Benton, who suffered through a mild case of the virus back in mid-August. As a COVID-19 survivor, Benton now has plasma that’s rich in antibodies to help current patients fight off the virus.

Word of this plasma treatment inspired her to drive here to LifeShare Headquarters in Shreveport from her home in Minden, not just once but twice this week.

“Yes. I came yesterday and they didn’t have a space so I came back this morning. It’s just important,” said Benton.

Benton is not alone. Lisa Woodard, who is also a convalescent plasma donor, said she was glad to hear this could really make a difference in the treatment of seriously ill COVID-19 patients.

“I hope so! I hope so. I hope it helps somebody,” said Woodard.

Lifeshare officials say that every donation provides about two units of convalescent plasma. They say every bit counts in the fight against the COVID-19 virus.

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