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Lexington physician overcomes COVID-19 & goes home from hospital

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Posted at 3:54 PM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 16:10:35-04

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Lexington physician who was diagnosed with COVID-19 in March was discharged from Baptist Health Lexington Tuesday.

Dr. Jeffrey FoxX, 64, was hospitalized on March 24 for the coronavirus. Dr. Foxx required treatment in the ICU and was put on a ventilator to help him breathe. Dr. Foxx was also treated with an experimental plasma therapy.

A recovered COVID-19 patient was able to donate plasma thanks to efforts of Baptist Health physicians and the Kentucky Blood Center. Craig Gillispie, a friend of Dr. Foxx and CEO of Family Practice Associates helped to find a plasma donor by contacting Harrison Memorial Hospital, who then reached out to the donor, Ray Young.

“The different organizations, including our doctors at FPA, were able to work with the hospitals and blood bank, to get in touch with this patient and quickly get the plasma procedure started,” said Gillispie. “I think it’s a testament to these different entities coming together to collaborate.”

“I have no doubt that if it were not for the staff at Baptist Health, I would not be here today. From the techs, to nurses, and doctors, everyone that cared for me was nothing but professional and caring,” Foxx said. “It was truly a team effort with everyone doing their part to save my life.”

“I want everyone to know that COVID-19 is not to be taken lightly,” he said. “Without safety precautions, testing, and treatment, it can be overwhelming.”