A Chicago doctor who has recovered from Covid-19 earlier in the year is calling for a change in the law after being denied the chance to donate blood because he is gay.
Dr. Dillon Barron is an emergency room doctor in Chicago, providing around-the-clock care for patients with COVID-19. While working in direct contact with his patients on the front line, Dillon himself contracted the virus.
Eventually, he made a full recovery. Dillon, understanding firsth and as a doctor that his “antibody rich plasma” could help save the lives of others, was ready and willing to donate his plasma.
The pandemic has caused blood shortages, so these donations could be critical. And though it’s not yet proven, many medical professionals believe that those who have already had COVID-19 have built up antibodies in their blood system that could prevent the virus from coming back again in the future.
But when Dillon tried make his plasma donation, he was turned away in accordance with donation rules laid out by the USA’s Food and Drug Administration.
Now Dillon and many others say the reason behind this rule is not rooted in science, but in bigotry.
Dr Barron told CBS Chicago: “I really felt passionate about doing something; wanting to be in control and feel like I was helping people,” and added: “We’re sitting on something that could be saving lives.”