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Saturday, October 12, 2013

American Red Cross to hold second blood drive in memory of Izabella Buchholz

American Red Cross to hold second blood drive in memory of Izabella Buchholz

Outpouring of donors inspires follow up donation opportunity

Following an outpouring of community support at their first blood drive in August, the Buchholz Family and the American Red Cross are holding a second blood drive in memory of Izabella Buchholz on Tuesday, October 15, from 1:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. at the First Baptist Church at 120 West Academy Street in Shinglehouse, Pa.

The family elected to schedule this follow up blood drive for those donors who were not able to donate at the first drive and for those blood donors who wish to donate blood again. The generous blood donors who were able to donate at the August blood drive will be eligible to donate again on October 15, as this drive is at more than 56 days from the first drive.

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.

Approximately every two seconds, a patient in the United States needs blood. That’s why your blood donation through the Red Cross is so important. A blood donation can help save the life of a real person in your community. Blood is an essential component for patient care in area hospitals, and the only source of blood is a healthy, volunteer blood donor. Additionally, all presenting donors during the month of October are eligible to enter to win a $200 gift card, courtesy of Suburban Propane.* Walk-ins are always welcome, but donors are encouraged to schedule an appointment in advance by calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or by visiting redcrossblood.org.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. For more information, please visit redcross.org or visit us on Twitter at @RedCrossBloodNY.

3 comments:

Anonymous said...

President and CEO of The Red Cross Marsha J Evans, salary for the year was $651,957 plus expenses. Donate Blood! NOT Money!

Anonymous said...

Um actually my mistake The Current President and CEO of The American Red Cross, Gail J. McGovern, makes a salary of $1,032,022! Again give Blood NOT Money!

Anonymous said...

I'm pretty sure they are asking for BLOOD....Not sure what the President and CEO salary has to do with this post. The American Red Cross does so many things for so many people, I sincerely hope you never need their services as I am sure you would not use them since you are so offended.

Mikki Schillinger