BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD)– It’s World Blood Donor Day and medical professionals say now is the time to give.
Director of Pediatric Specialty at Our Lady of the Lake and local mother Amanda Dufrechou said her son, “Was born fighting for his life.”
Dufrechou said 2015 was a year she’ll never forget after her sweet newborn Drew entered the world four months early.
“We were not ready,” said Dufrechou.
She said it was an uphill battle because he was so premature.
“He just wasn’t getting enough oxygen and that affects their organs when they don’t have enough oxygen to go throughout the body,” said Dufrechou.
A blood transfusion was done, which helped save Drew’s life.
Dufrechou explained, “Blood donations really helped us. I could always tell when I came to the NICU, I could always tell that he had a transfusion that day. His color looked better, his oxygen levels looked better, it was lifesaving to have that.”
Donating blood has helped save lives like Drew’s, however right now blood centers and hospitals are seeing a major shortage in blood supply.
“Right now, there’s only one center in the united states that’s reporting a three-day blood supply, and life share as a whole, less of a day’s blood supply,” said LifeShare Blood Center Regional Director Jason Kilpatrick.
Supplies are flying off the shelves.
“It’s used for blood transfusions, it’s also used with organ transplants, it’s used during ER visits, trauma, a lot of various ways it’s used,” said Kilpatrick.
Only two percent of Americans are donating blood.
They say many can donate, even those who had COVID-19 and the vaccine.
“You can’t make a better time than blood donor’s day and you can come on down, we’d love to have you,” Kilpatrick said.
“Even if your child can’t directly receive that donation, another family is going through that same thing and I know they would be so thankful to know the blood you donated saved their life,” said Dufrechou.