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    Daughter of WWII Veteran Donates Plasma to NMCP

    Daughter of WWII Veteran Donates Plasma to NMCP

    Photo By Seaman Imani Daniels | PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Oct. 19, 2020) – Cheryl McClesky, daughter of Alfred Martin...... read more read more



    Story by Seaman Imani Daniels 

    Naval Medical Center - Portsmouth

    PORTSMOUTH, Va. (Oct. 19, 2020) Naval Medical Center Portsmouth (NMCP) is collecting COVID Convalescent Plasma (CCP) in an effort to help patients who are sick with COVID-19 fight the virus. Cheryl McClesky, daughter of Alfred Martin Palacios, World War II veteran, visited NMCP to donate plasma, Oct. 19.
    Alfred Martin Palacios, of Virginia Beach, joined the United States Navy and trained to join the Seabees and the Naval Combat Demolition Unit. As a member of Naval Combat Demolition Unit 131, Alfred Palacios landed with the first wave of troops on Omaha Beach during the D-Day Invasion of Normandy, France, in World War II.
    “I preferred to donate to military because my father was a frogman in World War II,” McClesky said. “He fought in the Battle of Normandy and lost an arm on D-day; he would be so proud of me giving a donation to the armed forces.”
    Convalescent plasma is the liquid part of blood that is collected from patients who have recovered from an infection. The antibodies present in convalescent plasma are proteins that may help a person fight the coronavirus.
    “I decided to donate plasma because since I had COVID-19 I felt as though I was really blessed to have survived,” McClesky said. “I was very sick and it is my duties to be able to help someone else survive.”
    As the U.S. Navy's oldest, continuously-operating military hospital since 1830, Naval Medical Center Portsmouth proudly serves past and present military members and their families. The nationally-acclaimed, state-of-the-art medical center, along with the area's 10 branch health and TRICARE Prime Clinics, provide care for the Hampton Roads area. The medical center also supports premier research and teaching programs designed to prepare new doctors, nurses and hospital corpsman for future roles in healing and wellness.



    Date Taken: 10.19.2020
    Date Posted: 10.23.2020 11:45
    Story ID: 381624
    Location: PORTSMOUTH, VA, US 

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