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Blood Plasma Donation

Blood Plasma is the component of blood that suspension its constituents. Plasma is derived via centrifuge from whole blood. Plasma contains, amongst other elements, proteins known as immunoglobins or antibodies. These antibodies protect the body from infection. When someone encounters an infection, the body produces these antibodies to fight the infection. Thus, if the infectious antigens ever returns the body is better prepared for the invasion. This is the basic principle behind "plasma sharing". Plasma sharing involves extracting blood from a "survivor", retrieving the plasma via centrifuge and transfusing the plasma into an infected patient. Samaritan's Purse reports that Kent Brantly, MD, traveled to Texas Health Presbyterian Hospital and donated his blood plasma to Miss Pham, the 26-year-old nurse.  Dr Brantly had previously donated his blood to Dr. Rick Sacra, MD, and NBC cameraman Ashoka Mukpo. 

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