‘We are blessed to be alive’: UW Health doctor recovers from COVID-19, urges survivors to donate convalescent plasma

MADISON, Wis. (WKBT) – COVID-19 has now claimed the lives of more than 360,000 Americans.

Those who have beaten the odds have an opportunity to help others recover through a simple donation.

Convalescent plasma comes from patients who developed antibodies after recovering from an illness.

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Right now there is a critical need for plasma from those with COVID-19 antibodies.

These antibodies are used to help those in life-threatening condition fight off the virus.

When one UW Health doctor found out she was infected with the virus, she knew how important her plasma donation would be, especially in the Black community.

“One of the reasons it’s so important to me is that 1 out of 800 Black Americans dies from COVID-19. I am blessed, and I do not take it lightly that I am one of the ones that survived. That is why donating convalescent plasma is so important. My donation can help save a life and help combat some of those health inequities that we’re seeing,” said Jasmine Zapata, M.D., UW Health Pediatrician & Public Health Doctor.

Zapata’s mother, husband, and one of her three children have all recovered from the virus as well.

She shared a message with those who have recovered from COVID-19: don’t take it for granted, you have the opportunity to save a life just by donating your plasma.

“If anyone is listening to this story who has recovered from COVID-19, you are blessed, I am blessed, we are blessed to be alive. Let’s give that same gift to someone who is in the hospital right now fighting for their life.”

To see where you can donate, click here.