Franklin woman who recovered from COVID-19 donating plasma to help

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Lela Hollabaugh

Lela Hollabaugh donating plasma (Source: American Red Cross)

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) — A Franklin woman who recovered from COVID-19 is giving back to those still battling the virus by donating plasma, according to the American Red Cross.

Lela Hollabaugh, an attorney who lives in Franklin and who recently recovered from COVID-19, donated plasma at the American Red Cross Blood Donation Center in Nashville on Thursday, April 16.

“I want to help others who are ill and do whatever I can to help the medical community find a solution,” said Hollabaugh.

Hollabaugh tested positive for COVID-19 in March.

“I am fortunate that my symptoms were relatively mild, and I felt ill for just a few days,” said Hollabaugh. “I actually ran 5.5 miles the day after my COVID test, but it was very difficult. My husband was quarantined for 14 days and was glad to be released without getting ill. Now that I am recovered, I am fortunate to be able to help my mom and other family members.”

An urgent call was announced recently for those who are fully recovered from COVID-19 to sign up to donate plasma to help current COVID-19 patients.

“Convalescent plasma is an antibody-rich product made from blood donated by people who have recovered from the disease caused by the virus and is a potentially life-saving treatment for critically ill COVID-19 patients,” the Red Cross said in a statement.

To learn how you can donate, click here.


Most patients with COVID-19 have a mild respiratory illness including fever, cough and shortness of breath. The Tennessee Department of Health strongly encourages Tennesseans to wash your hands often with soap and water and to not touch your eyes, nose or mouth with unwashed hands.

The CDC recommends that organizers (whether groups or individuals) cancel or postpone in-person events that consist of 10 people or more throughout the United States.

High-risk individuals are defined as adults over 60 years old or people of any age with serious chronic medical conditions such as: Heart disease, diabetes, or lung disease.

The Tennessee Department of Health offers a COVID-19 Public Information Line at 877-857-2945, with information available daily from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Central Time.

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