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Thursday, July 25, 2013

American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive in Memory of Izabella Buchholz


American Red Cross Holds Blood Drive in Memory of Izabella Buchholz


The Buchholz Family and the American Red Cross are holding a special blood drive in memory of Izabella Buchholz on Tuesday, August 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 120 West Academy Street in Shinglehouse, Pa. The Buchholz family is looking to increase community awareness about the need for blood.

About seven months into her pregnancy, Denise Buchholz started feeling very ill. When her condition didn’t improve, she went in to see her doctor where she received some terrible news. Her baby, Izabella, had detached from her completely. Doctors ran numerous tests to determine what their next step should be. Upon examination, doctors discovered that Denise’s kidneys had shut down, her liver was in the process of shutting down and her platelet count had dropped to 15,000. Denise had developed both HELLP syndrome and Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation (DIC). HELLP is short for hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelet count. Disseminated Intravascular Coagulation is a rare, life-threatening condition that prevents blood from clotting normally. It may cause excessive clotting or bleeding throughout the body and can lead to shock, organ failure, and death.

Denise’s organs were shutting down one-by-one and in order to save her life, doctors recommended that she deliver as soon as possible. Denise received blood at a hospital near her home then was transported to a larger facility in Pittsburgh where she was admitted and delivered the baby. Denise’s condition was touch and go until she delivered Izabella on Saturday afternoon. Sadly, Izabella did not survive, but Denise was able to pull through thanks to the blood transfusions she received and the hard work of many doctors.

“When something like this happens, it really opens your eyes to how important donating blood really is. Without the blood I received, I wouldn’t be here today,” said Denise.

The Red Cross issued an emergency call for blood donations on July 9 after seeing about 50,000 fewer blood and platelet donations than expected in June. Donations have increased by about 15 percent since the emergency call for donors was issued, but the middle and end of July mark only the halfway point of the challenging summer months. While thousands of people have responded to the recent emergency call for blood and platelet donations, there remains an urgent need for platelet donors, as well as donors with types O negative, B negative and A negative blood.

The Red Cross is urging all eligible donors to help keep the blood supply strong this summer by making an appointment to donate blood today. All presenting donors during the month of August will be eligible to enter for a chance to win one of twelve HD tablets, courtesy of Best Buy.* Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED-CROSS or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

3 comments :

Julie Serkleski said...

I have given blood since I was 17 and to date have given over 5 gallons of blood. Last fall I found out that I was anemic and recently was told that my iron level has come back up to normal so if am able I will definitely try to give. I thought that I would never be able donate again and I miss the satisfaction of helping to save a life!

Anonymous said...

Why does a pint of blood cost $3,800 at the hospital, when it is given freely by volunteers?

Anonymous said...

good question 11:51.would be nice if it was amswered??