A New Way to Save Lives
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is excited to offer a lifesaving donation opportunity that helps patients like Henry, pictured here with his parents and sister.
In addition to donating red blood cells, platelets or plasma that can be directly transfused to patients, some donors may now donate plasma that will be used to make lifesaving medicines for patients battling more than 80 different diseases. This new donation type is called source plasma.
Many patients do not require blood transfusions, but need lifesaving therapies – called therapeutic proteins – that can only be made with donated plasma. These patients include people with serious, and often rare, medical conditions, such as immune system deficiency, septic shock or hemophilia.
Henry was just a baby when he suffered a brain injury that has resulted in an ongoing need for treatment. Every 60 days, he receives infusions of a medicine that is made with source plasma donations. “When you donate source plasma, it helps Henry live a normal life,” says his mom, Amanda. “We are forever grateful for those who Commit for Life.”
Just as there is no substitute for blood, no generic or chemical substitute exists for therapeutic proteins. The only way to create this type of medication is through plasma donations. The Blood Center has partnered with a nonprofit organization that creates therapeutic proteins from source plasma given strictly by volunteer donors, to help patients in the U.S. and internationally.
Check out the FAQs below to learn more about source plasma donations and how you can help.