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COVID-19 Survivors Can Help Others

Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center

A Quad Cities woman who's recovered from COVID-19 has now started donating her blood to help others recover.

Kirby Winn from the Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center in Davenport says the 60 year old was hospitalized, but now seems to be in good health. Her blood developed antibodies to fight the infection.

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the COVID-19 survivor donating plasma with antibodies that will help others recover.

"She feels very fortunate, that just having recovered from being so ill, now she's saying what can I do to help others, it seems like I have this purpose now."

The blood center serves 115 hospitals in Illinois, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Missouri, and it's lining up other possible donors who've had COVID-19, and since recovered.

Winn emphasizes antibodies from someone else are not an instant cure, but it can help people trying to fight a coronavirus infection.

"Maybe it gets someone out of a hospital room and frees up that capacity, potentially takes someone off a ventilator and makes that capacity available in the system."

The Mississippi Valley Regional Blood Center is accepting referrals from doctors and other health care providers for COVID-19 blood donations. For the antibody program, the donor must be someone who tested positive, not just a person who showed possible symptoms. 

A native of Detroit, Herb Trix began his radio career as a country-western disc jockey in Roswell, New Mexico (“KRSY, your superkicker in the Pecos Valley”), in 1978. After a stint at an oldies station in Topeka, Kansas (imagine getting paid to play “Louie Louie” and “Great Balls of Fire”), he wormed his way into news, first in Topeka, and then in Freeport Illinois.
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