Harry, an active six-year-old boy, has a hard time sitting still. But a common cold landed him in the hospital a few years ago, and it was blood donations from strangers that saved his life.
FOX40 caught up with Harry, he climbs trees, rides his bike and has a great sense of humor.
“How about your go tape someone in New Mexico, that’d be better,” Harry told our photographer.
But four years ago, he became very sick. Two days before Christmas, a common cold virus attacked his red blood cells.
“By the time we got him to the doctor, basically he had no red blood cells that were functioning left,” Natalie, Harry’s mother, said.
Harry was just two years old, lying in a hospital bed, lethargic, jaundiced and in pain.
“It was terrifying, I have had healthy kids, 2 kids at the time, and both were healthy, and we never expected anything like this to happen to our family,” Natalie said.
During his hospital stay, Harry needed two blood transfusions. His veins were weak and kept collapsing, making the transfusions traumatic.
“I felt like this needle in my arm, I was crying all over the place,” Harry recalled.
Harry’s need for blood is not uncommon, one of every seven people that check in to a hospital need blood.
“We’re just so thankful for the people that take time out of their day to give blood. It really does make a difference,” Natalie said.
Each day, Bloodsource must collect 700 units of blood to meet local demands. To complicate matters, only four of every ten people in the U.S. are eligible to give blood, and less than one in ten actually take the time to donate.
Today, Harry is a normal, healthy and energetic six-year-old boy, thanks to the generosity of a few.
You can help kids like Harry, who need blood. FOX40 and Bloodsource is hosting a blood drive Friday, August 15 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the Ikea in West Sacramento, and at the Bloodsource location in Stockton. Find more information at www.FOX40.com/Blood.