SC woman recovers from COVID-19 with help of plasma from another coronavirus patient
A South Carolina woman who got the coronavirus has recovered with the help of the plasma of another patient.
Lisa Hardin was hospitalized at Prisma Health Richland on Good Friday after testing positive for COVID-19.
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Struggling to breathe with a fever of 103.9, she said she was about to give out when the doctor suggested the plasma transfusion.
The plasma was donated by another person who had recovered from the virus and she was given the transfusion the Monday after Easter.
Doctors used the plasma to treat Hardin because it contains antibodies used to fight the virus.
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“I don’t know who this person is who sent me this gift of life, but this person cared enough to go donate,” she said Thursday. “The plasma had an army of antibodies and an army of fighters that started fighting for me very quickly. I truly felt like I was losing the fight. I cannot be more thankful and grateful.”
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Liv Osby is the health writer at The Greenville News. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org, 864-298-4422 or @livgnews.