"Because of the generosity of blood donors, my son is a healthy, vibrant child now."
As new parents to 5-week-old Daniel, Paul and Anna Franco never imagined they would be sitting in NICU, praying that a blood transfusion would help their son. Daniel was born without complications, but stopped gaining weight and passing waste around 3 weeks old. It took the doctors two weeks to diagnose him with pyloric stenosis, a relatively rare condition of the digestive system where the pylorus, the opening between the stomach and small intestines, narrows or closes off. Surgery is usually uneventful and fixes the condition, but since Daniel had been nutrient deficient for two weeks, he was weak and began bleeding internally after the surgery. Two units of O-negative blood saved his life.
“When they told me my baby would need a blood transfusion, my mind was a blur,” recalls Anna. “I remember the doctors going over the risks, but assuring me that the blood supply was safe. That put my mind at ease. Twelve hours after the transfusion, Daniel was fine.
Anna Franco first donated blood when she was in high school, but never thought someone she loved would be on the receiving end. “Because of the generosity of blood donors, my son is a healthy, vibrant child now,” says Anna. “My husband and I donate blood every chance we get and encourage others to do the same. You never know when someone you love will need it.”