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BEND, OR -- On Wednesday, a 53-year-old COVID-019 patient, Liliana Locke had a convalescent plasma transfusion…the first in Central Oregon. Locke remains in the Intensive Care Unit at Saint Charles on a ventilator. Pathologist Doctor Anna Dolezal (DOE-leh-zahl) explains convalescent plasma comes from COVID-19 patients who have recovered. She says the hope is the antibodies will help patients better fight the virus. Dolezal cautions that plasma is not expected to be an instant cure. She says plasma has shown to be helpful in treating viral infections in the past and may helpful with COVID-19.

 

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