Stamford Health doctors transfuse 2 patients with plasma of recovered coronavirus patients

Doctors with Stamford Health late Friday were able to transfuse two patients with the antibody-rich blood-plasma of people who have recovered from coronavirus.

News 12 Staff

Apr 11, 2020, 3:18 PM

Updated 1,463 days ago

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Doctors with Stamford Health late Friday were able to transfuse two patients with the antibody-rich blood-plasma of people who have recovered from coronavirus.
"At my worst, I had severe shortness of breath that lasted for about 24 hours," says Dr. Joe Feuerstein, with the Stamford Hospital ICU.

Dr. Feuerstein is back at work after battling COVID-19 himself.
"I'm working in the intensive care unit," says Dr. Feuerstein. “There's a lot of people and a lot of them are not doing well."

He's providing more than urgent care, becoming one of the people donating plasma to patients.
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“I found out the plasma was here, you know, it was almost like a dream come true,” says Suzanne Rose, PhD, Director of Office of Research at Stamford Health.
Rose heads up the office of research for Stamford Health.
"I went and picked up the plasma personally from the blood bank,” says Rose.
“We take the blood and they spin it down and get the plasma where all the good antibodies are,” says Dr. Feuerstein. "The convalescent meaning after you've gotten better plasma goes straight back to Stamford Hospital, going into the patients I will be looking after in the ICU."


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