Moberly, Mo. man hosts Red Cross blood drives to give thanks, help others
Pete Koenig received lifesaving transfusions following anemia scare
MOBERLY, Mo. (Jan. 27, 2014) – Pete Koenig has gone through his life a healthy man. In fact, the 46-year old says he could count on his two hands the number of times he’s had so much as a bad cold or stomach flu. That streak came to an end in November 2013 when he was diagnosed with auto immune hemolytic anemia. Blood donations helped save his life, and now Koenig is encouraging the local community to give blood to help other patients in need.
Koenig visited his doctor in November after experiencing jaundice and shallow breathing. The next day, he collapsed and was taken to the emergency room. Blood tests revealed he had anemia, and within 12 hours of being admitted to the hospital, Koenig went into respiratory failure and was placed on a ventilator. It took 11 days, surgery and 28 units of blood to help save his life.
“I have previously been a blood donor, but never anticipated needing blood for myself,” Koenig said. “Without the blood that I received during my illness, I would not be alive. For me, I am walking proof that the gift of blood is truly the gift of life.”
Pete Koenig Blood Drives
Feb. 10 from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m. at St. Pius X Catholic Church, 217 S. Williams St. in Moberly, Mo.
March 11 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Orscheln Retail Support Center, 1515 Omar Bradley Drive in Moberly, Mo.
Blood collected at the Pete Koenig Blood Drives may help many patients, including accident victims, cancer patients and those undergoing surgery. The Red Cross is currently seeing an urgent need for type O blood, especially O negative, as well as types A negative and B negative.
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.