TULSA, Okla. — Curtis Barone returned from Italy in March and shortly after he became Oklahoma’s first confirmed case of COVID-19.
He was also the first in Oklahoma to donate his plasma to help another patient recover in April -- that patient is Kristin Slaughter.
Kristin says she's incredibly grateful for Curtis and his donation, which she credits to saving her life.
The two met Monday so she could thank him herself.
Kristin had severe complications from COVID-19 and stayed in the hospital’s ICU on a ventilator for eight days.
Within 12 hours of receiving the plasma, she came off the ventilator and was out of the hospital days after that.
Kristin was unconscious during that and never even knew she received the plasma until after it all happened. She says she's glad she was able to meet Curtis and thank him in-person.
Multiple national studies are pointing to the antibodies in plasma from recovered patients helping other COVID-19 patients recover.
Curtis says he’s since donated his plasma a second time, and he’s hoping other recovered patients will do the same.
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