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|LifeShare announces urgent need for blood|
Medical facilities that are potentially in the path of Hurricane Gustav have evacuated patients to Monroe area hospitals, including critical patients with special needs. The number of requests for special blood types needed for sickle cell disease patients has dramatically increased in the last 24 hours.
"Many sickle cell disease patients require very precisely matched blood to help treat the disease. Almost always the precisely matched blood is from another African-American," explains Libby Murphy LifeShare's director of development and public relations. "Blood donors with special traits are being urged to donate immediately to help sickle cell disease patients."
Because of the added patient load, there is a need for more blood donors to help boost the local blood supply. "Blood donors of all blood types are needed during this time when our local medical facilities have opened their doors to help keep patients out of harm's way," Murphy explains. "Our area is known for its hospitality and generosity in helping others in times of need. This is one of those times. Patients are depending on the kindness of strangers."
Mobile blood drives will be conducted throughout the holiday weekend, including Labor Day.
Donations locations include:
Monroe LifeShare Center – 2909 Kilpatrick Blvd., Monday (Labor Day), 8 a.m.–3 p.m.
WalMart, West Monroe – Monday 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
For more information, blood donation, or to find a conveniently located donation center or mobile blood drive, visit www.lifeshare.org.
All blood types are needed. Potential donors must be at least 17 years old, weigh 110 lbs. or more, know the name and purpose of any medication taken, and should eat a good meal and increase fluid intake prior to donation.
Donors will be asked to present identification at registration.