American Red Cross issues urgent call for blood donations

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NEW HANOVER COUNTY (WWAY) — The American Red Cross has issued an emergency appeal for blood donations due to their exponentially low levels. Every five seconds, a blood transfusion comes from the Red Cross.

“Without those transfusions it wouldn’t have even been a question, I would’ve been gone, Kate Bauer said.

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It took more than a hundred blood transfusions to keep Kate Bauer alive when she was diagnosed with Myelodysplastic Syndrome. And Bauer says that without The Red Cross she would not have survived.

“I probably wouldn’t be here. I wouldn’t have gotten married, I wouldn’t have seen those grandbabies, I wouldn’t have been able to travel, I wouldn’t have been able to spend time with my sisters and family,” Bauer said.

But without the help from blood donors around the world, other patients may not be as lucky.



New Hanover Regional Medical Center is the only trauma center in southeastern North Carolina. Emergency Services Administrator James Bryant says the hospital gives at least one transfusion in just this room every day.

“So when you come in, having the availability to give you two, three, four units, immediately, within seconds of your arrival, can make a lot of difference,” James Bryant, The New Hanover Regional Medical Center Emergency Services Administrator, said.

“And not having that blood available can cost somebody their life,” Bryant said.

“Making that donation truly is the gift of life, it will be used,” Bryant said.

It’s a gift that can be given quickly, but it can last a lifetime.

“It is such a lifeline, I can’t say it enough, to people who will not survive without it,” Bauer said.