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Donate lifesaving blood in honor of James Maughan

Heart of America

June 19, 2013
 

PEORIA, Ill. (June 19, 2013) – For Kevin and Angie Maughan, this past Mother’s Day turned out to be a day that would change their family’s lives forever. Their two-year-old son James developed a slight fever and a few small red spots on his body. Suspecting James had chicken pox, Angie took him to the hospital to receive treatment. What doctors discovered turned out to be much worse.

James was infected with neisseria bacterial meningitis and in only a few hours, the bacteria had ravaged his body and he was given little chance of surviving. However, through medical care and daily transfusions of lifesaving blood, platelets and plasma, James managed to ward off the bacteria.

But before the bacterial meningitis subsided, it destroyed most of the capillaries in James’ body, preventing proper circulation to his limbs. As a result, on June 3, James underwent amputation surgery of his left leg, right hand and middle finger on his left hand. James’ recovery will be long and require more surgeries, prosthetics and physical therapy.

Now, the Maughan family is hosting a blood drive in honor of James on June 30 to help ensure patients like him in Central Illinois and across the country have the lifesaving blood products they need.

“Through this experience, my family and I have seen first-hand the importance of having blood, platelets and plasma available whenever it is needed,” Angie said. “Generous donors helped save James’ life. With this blood drive, my family and I want to show our appreciation and encourage others to give the gift of life.”

Donate Blood in Honor of James Maughan

Sunday, June 30

9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Redeemer Lutheran Church

6801 N. Allen Rd., in Peoria

To make an appointment to donate, please contact Kelly Thompson at 309-339-2545, or visit redcrossblood.org and enter sponsor code 040520.

Blood and platelets can be used for trauma victims, heart surgery patients, organ transplant patients, premature babies – when there are complications during childbirth – and for patients receiving treatment for leukemia, cancer or other diseases, such as sickle cell disease.

How to Donate Blood

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. All blood types are needed to ensure a reliable supply for patients. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental consent in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.

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 @RedCross.

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