November 30, 2009
By Jessica Spencer
During the Red Cross Blood Drive last March I managed to talk myself out of donating….again! All kinds of thoughts popped into my head that eventually kept me from being a first-time donor. I was afraid of being poked, afraid of passing out, and the excuses went on and on. Never in a million years could I have imagined the challenge that would soon change my life.
My son, Paxton, was born in July with a life-threatening heart defect known as Hypoplastic Left Heart Syndrome, or HLHS. His condition will never be cured, but with modern medicine there is a chance for him to live a normal life. He has already undergone four heart surgeries and has been in the hospital a total of 37 days.
Paxton is thriving and beating the odds of being born with only half of a functioning heart. It is simply amazing! Paxton’s cardiothoracic surgeon is one of the best in the world and his team of cardiologists and nurses at Cardinal Glennon Children’s Medical Center are beyond excellent.
However, no matter how great his medical team, Paxton would not be alive today without the blood he received from a total stranger. Blood cannot be made, only given.
The Red Cross Blood Drive scheduled at Boone Electric on December 29 is being held in Paxton’s honor. Whatever kept me from donating blood in the past is nothing in comparison to what my little guy has conquered. I will be headed down to give someone his or her chance at life and welcome you to join me.