Wichita Blood Donors Give Mom Best Gift on Mother's Day - A Healthy Daughter

May 20, 2010



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Wichita Blood Donors Give Mom Best Gift on Mother’s Day – A Healthy Daughter


DATE: May 5, 2010


Jessica Suit has a 4-year old daughter, Anna Kliewer. Anna has an IGA deficiency(a type of immune disorder) that causes problems for all of the mucus membranes in her body. She has chronic sinus infectionsthat are antibiotic resistant and she is prone to Pneumonia. During the past two years, Anna has undergone three sinus surgeries, had her tonsils taken out, tubes put in her ears three times, and endured a portacathand PICC line– things a 4-year-old shouldn’t even know about!


Jessica contacted the American Red Cross Blood Servicesthis week because she “wanted to thank donors for saving her daughter’s life.” Without blood donors, Jessica wouldn’t be able to spend Mother’s day with her daughter Anna.


Anna used to go to the hospital for monthly treatments, but she would still get very sick the week before it was time for another treatment. Now, her mom, Jessica, gives her a new medication called IVIG (Intravenous Immunoglobulin)each week. This medication keeps Anna healthy because it is made from plasma donated by whole blood donors. During processing, the plasma is separated from the plateletsand red blood cells. It takes plasma from literally thousands of people to create this IVIG medicine that Anna, and many other people like her, need to live.* 


Plasmais the protein-salt solution in which red and white blood cells and platelets are suspended. Plasma serves a variety of functions including maintaining a satisfactory blood pressure and supplying critical proteins for blood clotting. Plasma derivatives are obtained thru a process known as fractionation. Human plasma (plasma for fractionation) is used as a source material for the manufacture of a large range of therapeutic products that are essential for the treatment of life-threatening injuries as well as bleeding and immunological diseases, including IVIG, which Anna needs.


* According to Thierry Burnouf, author of Quality of Plasma and its Fractionation,“Typical plasma fractionation batches have a volume of 2000 to 4000 obtained by pooling the individual donations from thousands of donors.”


How to Donate Blood:

Simply call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.orgto make an appointment today. Walk-ins are also welcome at this drive. All blood types are needed to ensure the Red Cross maintains an adequate blood supply. A blood donor card or driver’s license or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Donors must be in general good health, weigh at least 110 pounds and be at least 17 years old (16 in Kansas with completed Parental Consent Form). New height and weight restrictions apply to donors younger than 19. Visit redcrossblood.orgto learn more.


About the American Red Cross:

The American Red Crossshelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation’s blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charity, not a government agency and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission.