OLATHE, Kan. – There is strength in the blood.
This ancient anthem can also apply to donated blood components from recovered COVID-19 patients, especially those carrying strong antibodies to fight the virus.
The blood that pumps through Janet Day’s body is a precious commodity.
It has been a year since the grandmother of two visited her doctor with severe cold symptoms. At the time, the Subway doctors were not that familiar with the signs of COVID-19, and when Day’s symptoms worsened overnight, she was placed in intensive care for a week.
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“It was surreal. I was very, very sick, ”said Day. “I called my two children and told them I couldn’t make it. I told them to pray. “
The day’s recovery since last April resulted in doctors discovering strong antibodies in her blood cells. The convalescent plasma that she carries has been shown to be useful in helping the worst of COVID cases recover.
She has now donated plasma 11 times. Doctors aren’t sure why the antibodies are so strong in their blood as they usually go away after a few months in most patients. Day donates to one of the Johnson County Community Blood Center locations.
“I have to do everything I can to help the people in this situation, so I signed up immediately,” said Day on Friday. “It’s what we should be doing I think.”
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Day said every time she donates convalescent plasma it helps save the lives of 3-4 coronavirus patients. Dr. Lowelll Tilzer, a pathologist with St. Luke’s Health System, said some useful types of plasma are also made in laboratories and can deter patients from needing intensive care.
“If you are symptomatic and in the age group, it is probably best to call your doctor and have an hour infusion of these monoclonal antibodies so that you can reduce the gong by 70% in the hospital. That’s a big improvement, ”said Tilzer.
The Community Blood Center is actively looking for additional donors. You can learn more about their donation programs on their website.
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