Recovered coronavirus patient donates plasma to save lives
A recovered coronavirus patient donated his plasma on February 20 in Jincheng City, north China's Shanxi Province. Mr. Su was diagnosed with novel coronavirus on February 1. A week later, he had recovered and was discharged from the hospital. After staying quarantined at home for 12 days, he successfully donated 400ml of plasma on a blood donation van. So far, six recovered patients in Shanxi have donated their plasma to help save more lives.
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