A Convalescent Plasma Donor's Story: Maggi

Feb 8 8:00am | Kimberly Schmidt | @kimberlyd

A school social worker in Detroit, MI, when COVID-19 first hit, Maggi’s Mom asked her to come home. So, on March 23rd, she packed up her cats and drove back to Byron. A few days later, she tested positive with the virus. Maggi shared that early symptoms took away both her ability to taste or smell anything, and soon her symptoms moved to severe chest pain.

“When I awoke one morning with difficulty Maggi 1breathing, I was extremely frightened,” Maggi recalls. “I was immediately taken to the ER. It was a terrifying experience simply because the doctors didn’t even know much about how to treat me, so I felt as if I was going it alone.”

With schools back in Michigan shut down for the summer, I stayed with my Mom until I was virus-free. Following the bout of the virus, I was able to donate convalescent plasma at the Donor Center and really got to know the staff quite well. “They are all AMAZING! In fact, when I needed to head back to Michigan, it was really difficult to say ‘Goodbye!'"

Returning back to Rochester in December, she knew exactly what she had to do. “Nine months later and I still had the antibodies! If my plasma can help even one person who is battling this horrific disease, it is all worth it,” Maggi smiled.

Maggi - We are so happy to see you are on the mend. ‘THANK YOU’ for helping others by donating your plasma following your bout of the virus. It takes wonderful donors – such as yourself – to give of themselves freely to help others in need.

How to Donate
For more information about donating blood in Rochester, Minnesota, call (507) 284-4475 or email donateblood@mayo.edu. Or visit our webpage http://www.mayoclinic.org/donateblood.

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