Source plasma is the latest blood component that The Blood Center has begun to collect in an effort to help save more lives. Source plasma is a component that is used to make therapeutic proteins, which are lifesaving medicines for patients battling more than 80 different diseases.
Previously, The Blood Center’s Bill T. Teague Neighborhood Donor Center was the only location that collected source plasma donations. This month, The Blood Center’s Sugar Land and The Woodlands locations location begin accepting source plasma donations. We hope that the new locations are able to generate more source plasma donations to help fulfill an increasing need for this blood component.
Source plasma helps to save lives like Ezra’s. He was diagnosed with Kawasaki disease, a condition that causes inflammation of arteries throughout the body, at just 15 months old. Fortunately, his condition was caught early and able to be treated with an intravenous immunoglobulin (IVIG) injection, an anti-inflammatory made from source plasma. ““I am thankful that we live in a place where people give blood and treatments are readily available,” Ezra’s mother, Sheena, said.
There aren’t many blood centers throughout the U.S. that collect source plasma, so The Blood Center is helping to fulfill a need that expands far beyond its region. The Blood Center has partnered with a nonprofit organization that creates therapeutic proteins from source plasma given by volunteer donors, to help patients in the U.S. and internationally.