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Vitalant - Ventura Donation Center Partners With Dignity Health To Collect First "Convalescent Plasma" Donation From Recovered COVID-19 Patient

VENTURA, Calif., April 9, 2020 /PRNewswire/ -- Vitalant, the nation's largest independent blood service provider in partnership with St. John's Regional Medical Center and St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital, Dignity Health a??has collected its first "convalescent plasma" donation from a recovered COVID-19 patient.A  The collection took place Wednesday, April 8th at Vitalant's Blood Donation Center in Ventura, CA.A A 
Vitalant - Ventura Donation Center Partners With Dignity Health To Collect First "Convalescent Plasma" Donation From Recovered COVID-19 Patient
The donor, Dwight Everett from Camarillo, CA believes he contracted COVID-19 on a recent cruise.A  His symptoms started on the ship with a headache although he did not attribute it to COVID-19 at the time.A A About a week and a half after returning home and having more symptoms, he was tested and was positive.A  One month ago, March 8th, his symptoms were gone.A  On March 14th he tested negative for COVID-19 and is feeling great now.A  "It was an honor to meet Mr. Everett, and we can't thank him enough for his life-transforming gift for patients in our community," said Susan Noone, Regional Director for Vitalant. "We are privileged to partner with him and St. John's to make this potentially life-saving product available. St. John's was a natural partner given our national relationship with Dignity Health and the fact that St. John's Pleasant Valley Hospital performed the first convalescent plasma procedureA in Ventura County last week." When asked what he would say to encourage other potential donors, Mr. Everett enthusiastically said, "Do it!!A  It's the right thing to do to help others!"
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