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Valley hospitals in dire need of convalescent plasma from local COVID-19 survivors

1 month 3 days 22 hours ago Tuesday, July 07 2020 Jul 7, 2020 July 07, 2020 9:58 PM July 07, 2020 in News - Coronavirus Pandemic

Hospitals in the Rio Grande Valley are now forced to rely on plasma donations of recovered COVID-19 patients from out of the area. Convalescent plasma is a therapy used to treat virus patients.

Frank Esparza, regional director at Vitalant, says the blood bank has seen a dangerous drop in both blood and plasma donations.

Dr. Sohail Rao, president and CEO at DHR Health Institute for Research and Development, says with the surge of COVID-19 patients across the Valley, it would be good to get help from members of the local community than to depend on imported donations.

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