BloodCenter Hosts 13th Annual Milwaukee Bucks Blood Drive

Wow, what a great story. Born at 26 weeks and now 7 years old, blood transfusions helped him start his life. This Milwaukee Center had 487 donors give blood during their drive, what an accomplishment. As states in the article, O negative and platelet donors are in high demand.

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MILWAUKEE (WITI) — The Milwaukee Bucks are teaming up with The BloodCenter of Wisconsin for the 13th annual Milwaukee Bucks Blood Drive.

Hundreds of people showed up at the BMO Harris Bradley Center Monday, March 25th.  Among the donors was the Verdin family, whose son relied on blood transfusions when he was an infant.

“He was born at 26 weeks and weighed 1 lb., 1.5 oz., and then 11 inches,” Tamie Verdin said.

Her son, Santos, who is now seven, was born more than two months premature.  She says she wasn’t sure if he’d make it to the next day.  Santos was in the NICU for three months.  Blood transfusions kept him alive.  Nine units of blood, almost the amount of blood an average adult contains, helped him develop and grow.

“It was very scary.  He had a 95% chance he wasn’t even going to make it…

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