Lafayette Nurse Donates Plasma to Help Others Fight COVID-19
As the race to create a vaccine to prevent more coronavirus infections continues, as hospitals are using antibodies from people who have recovered from covid-19... news 1's cassie schirm learns just how easy it is to give the plasma and why one lafayette resident keeps coming back to donate.
When it comes to needles sometimes people can be a little nervous giving blood or even plasma well i sat down with a lafayatte.
Nurse while she was giving her antibodies and she says i's a super easy thing to do tototoelp save a life"there was a point that i thought my body is failing 'm not going to make it.
Karen wyble a lafayette general nurse became very ill back in february"it first started with weakness fatigue and then it escalated 103 fever excruciating headaches lower back ache that was intolerable nausea"but at that time no one was talking about covid 19 here in louisiana.
"every test i took was negative you know we ca't figure out what was going on.
The scariest part for me was not knowing what was happening to me."
Weeks later the first case of coronavirus was diagnosed in the state but it was't until last week that wyble was able to take an antibody test at work to see if that is what she had."sure enough i came back positive i was relieved to know if you know what was wrong with me because it was emotional everything was negative but my body was failing.
"that same week she donated her plasma to help others and now shes back at it again."i always knew i wanted to be a nurse since i was a little girl because i want to help others and gas but until this experience i never realized but that truly meant.
To give and to be able to give something you have back to heal people i's an amazing thing"the process to give plasma takes about two hoursnat squeeze squeeze squeeze and wyble says anyone can do it."w've been doing it this whole time w've been talking i did't feel anything but a little stick being on this machine and giving is not anything compared to the symptoms of the coronavirus."and once more people are tested here in the area she thinks many others will join her."i know as people become positive and realize they have an opportunity to give will be giving plasma ther's no doubt."so wyble is resting easy "i's a couple hours we can just sit back and say 'm gonna help someone "knowing that she can make a difference "did you get a good amount?
Oh yeah w're good!"one donation at a time"how many people can we save at that one?
At least least four is't that awesome?"if yo'd like to join her and others and others plasma to covid-19 patients who are currently in the hospital.you can go go to vitalent.org fill out the paperwork and theyll set you up with an appointment in lafayette 'm cassie schirm news