Lawton Davis caught COVID-19 in mid-March, making him one of the first New Mexicans to get the disease.
He then became likely the first New Mexican to donate his plasma so it could be used to try to help patients throughout the state.
Several hospitals in the state have in recent weeks started using convalescent plasma to try to treat COVID patients. Doctors infuse plasma from recovered COVID patients into ones who are fighting the disease in hopes that antibodies from the former patient will help the current patient fight the virus, said Dr. Chakri Gavva, medical director of the blood bank for Presbyterian Healthcare Services.
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