Vacation was ruined, but local man was first in line for new antibody treatment

By , Daily Memphian Updated: November 17, 2020 8:13 AM CT | Published: November 17, 2020 4:00 AM CT
<strong>Dr. Stephen Threlkeld&rsquo;s practice,&nbsp;Threlkeld Infectious Disease, supervised the infusion of a synthetic antibody into patient Andy Shepherd, who&rsquo;d tested positive for coronavirus. &ldquo;It soups up our response against the virus sooner than we can do ourselves,&rdquo; said Threlkeld. </strong>(Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

Dr. Stephen Threlkeld’s practice, Threlkeld Infectious Disease, supervised the infusion of a synthetic antibody into patient Andy Shepherd, who’d tested positive for coronavirus. “It soups up our response against the virus sooner than we can do ourselves,” said Threlkeld. (Patrick Lantrip/Daily Memphian file)

Drug gives a super supply of antibodies, more than the body can make on its own. “I think it’s well worth the small amount of risk it takes,” says Andy Shepherd.

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Jane Roberts

Jane Roberts

Longtime journalist Jane Roberts is a Minnesotan by birth and a Memphian by choice. She's lived and reported in the city more than two decades. She covers healthcare and higher education for The Daily Memphian.


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