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Interesting concept.

As one loses lung function, one becomes hypoxic (shortness of breath). There are a number of changes that can help including oxygen supplements (increasing O2 in the air from about 20% to about 100%), and eventually forcing more air into the lungs with a ventilator.

But, increasing RBCs (polycythemia) may also improve transport of oxygen to the cells.

A blood transfusion would be the easiest way to give a rapid, short-term increase in RBCs. Better yet, if one gets a whole blood transfusion that also contains the antibodies one needs.
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