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DHR Health Institutes Seeks Plasma Donors for COVID-19 Patients

If you have recovered from COVID-19 or have been exposed to the virus, you could help save lives!

DHR Health Institute for Research and Development created the Rio Grande Valley's first Convalescent Plasma Program to treat COVID-19. Many patients have recovered using this treatment but donors are highly needed. 

In the past 5 days, the institute has provided plasma therapy to close to 30 patients. Recovered COVID-19 patients and those who have been exposed to the virus could be eligible donors.

President and CEO of DHR Health Institute for Research and Develpopment explained the importance of plasma transfusions with those who have been exposed or recovered to COVID-19. When these patients get infected, they develop antibodies, firstly IgM which is not very powerful on its own, and between days 14-16, those infected develop IgG antibodies. This specific antibody attaches itself to the virus and destroys it; it is also known to stay in the blood for a long time which is beneficial. 

By making plasma transfusions, donors would help save lives by providing these antibodies to those who are unable to develop their own antibodies in a timely manner and putting them in life-threatening conditions. Watch the video below to learn all the details. 

All eligible donors will undergo an antibody test during screening to determine the presence of antibodies in their blood. If interested, please call (956) 215-3166 or (504) 444-2318. There is no cost and you will be provided a compensation if you're eligible.