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FDA Iinvestigates Death of Plasma Donor

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(Salt Lake City-AP) -- A Salt Lake City woman dies after donating plasma and the F-D-A is investigating.

20-year old Michelle Waddell made the donation at the Z-L-B Plasma Services September 25.

She became ill shortly afterward when she and her husband were shopping.

Her husband drove her to St. Mark's Hospital where her vital signs were taken.

Waddell said she felt better so she left after signing a statement that she was leaving the hospital against medical advice.

She died later that night at home in bed.

Toxicology tests won't be available for a few weeks, and the Food and Drug Administration is investigating.

The Z-L-B headquarters in Boca Raton, Florida has not commented.

Plasma is the liquid portion of blood used to create products to boost immunity.

(Copyright 2003 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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