Blood center in ‘desparate need’ of O Negative donors

Posted February 14, 2014 11:32 am | Filed under Featured, Local News

Critically low blood supplies in the Carolinas have led to an urgent plea from the Community Blood Centers of the Carolinas for more donations this week.

Due to Winter Storm Pax, the agency said an anticipated 700 units of blood were not collected over a two-day period.

“A significant portion of Americans have been unable to donate lifesaving blood due to this severe winter storm, resulting in critically low inventories,” said Martin Grable, president and CEO of CBCC. “This is an unprecedented situation and we need our local donors to help reverse the devastating effects of this storm by giving blood—patients in our communities desperately need the blood right now.”

In a written statement, CBCC spokeswoman Tammy Wells said a newborn currently in care at Carolinas Medical Center is in desperate need of O Negative blood. The newborn is currently undergoing Extracorporeal membrane oxygenation treatment that functions as the child’s heart and lungs until it is strong enough to function.

The center has scheduled an impromptu blood drive today, Friday, February 14 from 1-6 p.m. at the Regal Manchester cinemas.