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1/27/06-Henderson

Blood Donors Save A Young East Texan's Life

In less than 10 minutes, you could save up to 3 lives. Blood donors are need to ensure that blood is there when you or your loved one needs it. One young East Texan requires life saving blood transfusions several times a year.

NaQuishus Anderson is 17 year old. She suffers from a rare blood disorder, called TTP. "It's a blood disorder that if it is not caught in time or treated it could cause renal failure or death," says Beverly Anderson, NaQuishus mom.

Her daughter's blood count is monitored and when it's low, she must get a blood transfusion. "When I first got the blood transfusion I wasn't happy about it but then when I found out what it was doing and I felt better," says NaQuishus.

Currently, the blood supply at Stewart Regional Blood Center is at critical levels, meaning there is less than a day's supply. "We are the main supplier for most East Texas hospitals. We have some empty shelves as you can see. Everyday we need 150 to 200 units of blood to cover what's needed in East Texas," says Meredith White, Coordinator of Marketing & Public Relations at Stewart Regional Blood Center.

Blood donors continue to provide the life saving blood for NaQuishus. Before the blood transfusions, she feels tired. "Sleepy and then when I get the blood. It energizes you and you feel like watching television and talking to everybody," says NaQuishus.

She says blood donors have saved her life and she's grateful. "Thank you," says NaQuishus.

Stewart Regional Blood Center is in need of all blood types. To donate blood, you must at least 17 years old, weigh more than 110 pounds and be in general good health.

Karolyn Davis, reporting.

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