Help children like PJ by donating blood SanTan Sun News

Help children like PJ by donating blood

November 26th, 2016 | by SanTan Sun News
Help children like PJ by donating blood
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Katrina Eaton gave birth to a healthy baby girl, but the situation rapidly changed. Baby PJ got a cold that became pneumonia and respiratory failure. She was taken to the closest emergency room and then transported by medical helicopter to a Valley children’s hospital.

Eaton is a United Blood Services donor recruitment representative, whose job is to inspire people to give blood every day. She has recruited more than 100,000 donors over the past 15 years, but now she knows first-hand how every donor makes the difference of a lifetime for a patient.

“Babies like PJ go through so much before they can even receive a transfusion. It is so important to take one hour to give blood,” Eaton said. “Our family is forever grateful for the three donors who gave the blood our daughter has required.”

PJ has a long road to recovery. She will require more medical tests, surgeries and most likely depend upon additional blood transfusions. But her parents, Katrina and Troy, hope she will finally be strong enough to come home thanks to modern medical technology, skilled doctors and the three blood donors who helped her survive life-threatening circumstances.

Type O-negative needed

Patient needs for all blood types in Arizona have increased with the arrival of winter visitors. UBS has an immediate need for all blood types, especially O-negative, the universal blood that can be substituted for all other types in times of shortages.

UBS encourages blood donors to visit the Chandler Donor Center, 1989 W. Elliot Rd., 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays. All blood types are needed, but Type O-negative is in greatest demand.

UBS has been providing blood since 1943 and serves patients in more than 60 Arizona hospitals. To make an appointment, call 877-UBS-HERO or visit bloodhero.com.

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