The need for blood donation is constant.
Patients in our hospitals have needs
Every two seconds someone needs blood.
OBI manages the life-saving donations from more than 140,000 individuals each year.
There is no substitute for human blood.
Supplies must be constantly renewed.
By Tahira Taqi
Six-year-old Joseph Newport needs blood transfusions every three weeks to stay alive. The Newport family adopted Joseph from China at nine months of age. Soon, they learned he had Thalassemia Major, the most severe form of anemia. The only treatment to combat this life-threatening disease is regular blood transfusions.
Wide-eyed Joseph has a simple explanation, “I don’t make red blood cells, so I need people to put blood in bags for me.”
Joseph’s bone marrow is missing the genetic markers that make functioning red blood cells. Since he doesn’t make any red blood cells, he will have blood needs for his entire life.
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