He Beat Coronavirus. Now His Blood May Help Save Lives​

A New Jersey doctor’s blood was found to have high levels of virus antibodies. Researchers plan to use it to treat other patients.

In mid-March, Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey announced the first coronavirus-linked death in the Northeast. Since then, there have been more than 16,000 virus-related deaths in the United States, and the toll grows by the hour.

But the health care network that runs the Hackensack hospital now has its eye on reaching another, more hopeful, milestone: finding a treatment for the disease caused by the virus.

As part of a newly approved federal trial, researchers at the network, Hackensack Meridian Health, are preparing to infuse patients fighting for life with antibody-rich blood plasma donated Wednesday by a neonatal doctor who was infected with the virus and recovered.

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He Beat Coronavirus. Now His Blood May Help Save Lives​
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