StephenBenton City, WA
July 07, 2012
My son Lex was born with a rare combination of congenital heart defects. He needed surgeries and heart caths from the time he was 4 days old to help correct his defects. He didn't recover from complications after his Double Fontan Completion surgery in late May and died in late June after a month in the pediatric intensive care unit. He was the best little boy a father could dream of having. Lex used a lot of blood products in his many surgeries and recoveries in the four years I was lucky enough to share with him. I decided I needed to start donating blood to give back in his memory. I was able to donate double red cells on my first donation. As a type O negative blood type, it was the best thing I could do as type O negative is a universal red blood cell donor. I will continue to do this every 112 days up to 3 times a year in memory of Lex. I encourage everyone that is able to look into donating blood. The need is constant and you really ARE saving lives and giving hope to many many patients and their families.