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A Plainview native urges all COVID survivors to donate plasma

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ROCHESTER, Minn. (KTTC)-- On Sunday, the FDA approved convalescent plasma as an emergency treatment for COVID-19 patients.

Lou Ann Baurle, a former Plainview resident, is a convalescent plasma donor and explained how the donating process went for her.

Courtesy: Lou Ann Baurle

"Plasma is kind of this mercury yellow color. They hook you up and it takes about an hour and 15 minutes I would say. And it kind of tires you out a little bit," she said.

Baurle and her 23 year old son Sam, got the virus in early March.

"I was pretty much one of the first cases in Minnesota. I think when the CDC called me they said I was number 35 or 36," She said.

Baurle and Sam drove from the Twin Cities to the Mayo Clinic to donate after they tested positive for anti-bodies.

She explained how the extraction of blood works.

The plasmapheresis machine that separates the plasma from the blood
Courtesy: Sarah Stueven

"The machine takes the blood and then separates it from the plasma and then returns the blood and then leaves the plasma in the bag," Baurle said.

From then, a COVID patient is injected with the plasma, so the donor's antibodies can help treat the virus.

Dr. Scott Wright, a Mayo Clinic convalescent study leader, said researchers have tested this therapy on COVID-19 patients in hospital care. He believes it can lower the amount of COVID-19 deaths.

"We think that there is an associated lower mortality if patients are given the higher immune plasma early during their hospital stay. Many COVID-19 survivors are heading to their local blood banks to donate their convalescent plasma," Wright said.

Baurle said her son's anti-bodies had a higher immunity than hers, but she will continue to donate in hopes of helping others recover.

"If you can donate go ahead and do it because it's going to save somebody's life. That's the takeaway right there," Baurle said.

She plans to donate again in September.

President Donald Trump has called this treatment a "miracle therapy."

Click here to learn how you can donate plasma.

KaMaria Braye

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