Doctors successfully treat first 2 patients with plasma transfusion at New Jersey hospital

Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees Township had a major milestone, where doctors say they've successfully treated the first two patients with plasma from people who recovered from COVID-19.

News 12 Staff

Apr 22, 2020, 11:34 AM

Updated 1,457 days ago

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Virtua Voorhees Hospital in Voorhees Township had a major milestone, where doctors say they've successfully treated the first two patients with plasma from people who recovered from COVID-19.
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According to the health system, the patients, a 61-year-old man and a 63-year-old woman, are "steadily recuperating from critical cases of COVID-19." They received the transfusions in early April.
The treatments used plasma donated by a COVID-19 survivor whose blood has antibodies that protect against coronavirus.
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The pair were both taken off ventilators and released from intensive care in just over a week. They're expected to return home next month. They are the first two New Jersey residents to receive the ground-breaking plasma therapy.
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