|
|
Crookston Times - Crookston, MN
  • Mom knows how critically important giving blood is

  • We've all heard about giving blood to save lives, but unless we are directly impacted by a blood donation, it can be difficult to realize exactly how essential donating at least three times a year can be.
    • email print
      Comment
  •     We've all heard about giving blood to save lives, but unless we are directly impacted by a blood donation, it can be difficult to realize exactly how essential donating at least three times a year can be.
        Lori Lucken Bak of Winger knows far too well why blood donation is of utmost importance. Her 12 month old son, Nash, would die without a blood transfusion every three weeks.
        During Nash's six week check-up, his pediatrician whisked him off to a pediatric ICU, in Fargo, due to a hemoglobin count of 3. The average counts for a young infant typically ranges from 9.5 to 14.5.
        Hemoglobin is a molecule within the blood stream that  carries oxygen throughout our bodies. Without adequate movement of oxygenated blood, a person could go into cardiac arrest, lose brain function, and potentially die.
        Doctors in Fargo could not figure out what was causing Nash's hemoglobin count to remain dangerously low. After a number of blood transfusions, made possible by blood donors, Nash was sent home without a diagnosis or a solid plan for treatment.
        At about six months of age, Nash began treatments at the University of Mary in Minneapolis, where he received a port in his chest to ease the discomfort of blood transfusions and to provide medication into his system more rapidly, as his veins where becoming difficult to use.
        Nash's condition remains a mystery. His body continues to destroy parts of his blood, making it necessary to have regular transfusions. He has had over 40 transfusions to date, thanks to the generosity of blood donors.
        The Lucken Bak family has made it their personal mission to spread the world to as many people as possible about the importance of blood donation. In the  words of Lori Luck Bak,"There is no known substitute for blood and that is the scariest reality we live with each day. Without blood donors, our son, Nash, will die.  His story is not unique. There are families like us right next door to you, down the street, or maybe even among your own relatives. So many will benefit from your donation. It could be you one day."
        Take the opportunity to find the hero in you. Your gift of blood could save the life of someone just like Nash.
        Crookston area residents are invited to participate in a United Services Blood Drive, sponsored by the Dawn to Dusk Lions, on Monday, July 1 and Tuesday, July 2 in the Trinity Lutheran Church Fellowship Hall. Monday's hours are from noon to 6 p.m. Tuesday hours for donations start at 7 a.m. and go until noon. To make an appointment, please contact Chuck Larson at 218-281-6848 or visit bloodhero.com, sponsor code: crookston, to arrange a time.

    Events Calendar