Plasma donations needed amid nationwide shortage

July 17, 2019 11:19 AM

(WBAL)  A Baltimore-area mother is pleading for more plasma donors to come forward. A nationwide shortage has people living with immunodeficiencies on edge.

"People don't know the diagnosis and therefore they don't understand the treatment. And people don't know that blood donation is very different from plasma donation," says Jana, who wished to only be identified by her first name.


Jana is on a mission to educate people about the importance of donating plasma. There's a nationwide shortage right now and her son needs plasma to live. He started getting sick when he started school.

"We were told the official diagnosis was CVID, which stands for common variable immune deficiency. I learned a lot that day, and the treatment for it was to get IG plasma infusions to protect him from the germs his body wasn't able to fight," Jana says.

"Primary immunodeficiencies span a range of about 350 different diseases, each of which are reasonably rare by themselves, but taken together it's about 1 in 1,200 people have PI," says John Boyle, president of the Immune Deficiency Foundation.

The plasma shortage has many concerned.

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