Middle Tennessee’s First COVID-19 Plasma Donation Made In Honor Of Joe Diffie

Thursday, April 16, 2020

Tuesday morning at Williamson County Medical Center, Producer/Songwriter Stokes Nielson became the first COVID-19 cleared survivor in Middle Tennessee to donate plasma to critical care patients fighting the Coronavirus. 

Mr. Nielson joined Tennessee’s Blood Assurance as part of the COVID-19 Plasma Convalescent Initiative, which is an investigational therapy used to treat COVID-19 patients by providing them with blood plasma transfusions of antibody-rich plasma from COVID-19 survivors.
 
“It is crucial for COVID-19 survivors, once they are officially cleared and recovered, to donate their Plasma so that COVID-19 patients in critical care can successfully fight off the virus,” Mr.

Nielson says. “I urge any and all cleared COVID-19 survivors to join me in making a plasma donation.  I made my donation in honor of Joe Diffie, who I was lucky enough to perform with, and who was a great mentor to so many country artists.”
 
Recovered COVID-19 individuals may donate plasma by completing the donor form found at www.bloodassurance.org/covidplasma.  Blood Assurance is the leading Tennessee-headquartered donation and provider source of the COVID-19 Convalescent project.  
 
To watch NBC News coverage of Nielson’s donation, click here.



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