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Helping Each Other: Facebook group connects COVID-19 survivors to make a difference

Posted at 4:39 PM, Apr 13, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-13 18:24:19-04

(WXYZ) — In these uncertain, stressful and scary times, it's more important than ever to find unique ways we can help each other. One such Facebook group is doing just that.

Survivor Corps is connecting COVID-19 survivors and empowering them to be a part of a solution, in hopes of hearing more stories of survival.

"I just can’t wait to see him and touch him again," says Tiffany Moses.

It’s been 30 days since Tiffany has seen her husband Anthony in person and she wasn’t sure if she’d ever see him again.

"I went from, 'Lord, am I gonna have to plan a funeral?' To, 'my husband is coming back home!'" she said.

The 63-year-old was the first patient hospitalized and diagnosed with COVID-19 at Beaumont Farmington Hills. After several difficult weeks, he’s finally breathing on his own.

"If it progresses to the point where they’re on ventilators, most of them don’t make it off," said Dr. David Hess. "So for him this was fantastic."

It’s recovery stories like this one that inspired Survivor Corps, described as a grassroots movement to unite and mobilize survivors to support the medical and scientific research community in hopes of ending this pandemic.

There's a Survivor Corps Facebook Group with more than 30,000 members and growing. An updated list of medical studies looking for volunteers is posted and a list by state of places survivors can donate plasma. Here in Michigan, it’s at the University of Michigan.

Survivor Corps is encouraging anyone, no matter how mild or severe your symptoms were, to participate. In hopes of being a part of the solution and hearing more stories like the one the Moses family is sharing.

"God answers prayer, cause he answered mine," Tiffany said.

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