Special Report: “Liquid Gold” saving COVID-19 patients

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MOBILE, Ala. (WKRG) — A treatment for COVID-19 is nicknamed “Liquid Gold.” It’s actually convalescent plasma or plasma that contains antibodies for fighting COVID-19. COVID survivors have these antibodies and donate them to people in the hospital. Most patients with severe forms of COVID-19 are given this treatment when they enter the hospital.

Charles Drake of Mobile said convalescent plasma brought him back to life when he was in the hospital with a bad case of coronavirus. He was “terrified” that he might die from the virus. As soon as doctors administered the treatment, he immediately felt better.

“Within a couple of hours, I felt different. It wasn’t as hard to breathe, ” Drake shared with WKRG.

Drake now regularly donates convalescent plasma. COVID survivors can donate as early as two weeks after they have recovered.

“I know what it did for me in the hospital. I know how much better it made me feel, and if I can do that for someone else, why not?” Drake said.

Angela Williams with LifeSouth says they sent out 180 units of plasma last week. She says there is a great need for donors.

“When you donate plasma, you are helping someone else in the hospital, giving them antibodies, a way to fight COVID-19. If you have recovered, please come in and save a life in our community,” Williams said.

It takes about 45 minutes to donate plasma. The plasma is removed from the blood, and the red blood cells are put back into the patient.

If you need more information about donating Plasma, click here.

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