When I was in high school, I always donated blood during the blood drives - never in a million years knowing that I would one day be a mom relying on the gift of donated blood to save not one but two of my newborn babies. I never full comprehended the impact blood donation could have on someone’s life until now.
My first two pregnancies were healthy, and then I found out during my third pregnancy with my daughter Braylee that I had a very rare antibody in my blood called anti-little c. This antibody also affected my fourth pregnancy with my son Bryar. These rare antibodies cross the placenta and the baby can develop hemolytic anemia, which means the antibodies attack the fetus’s red blood cells at a more rapid rate than the body can replace them.
This was the case for Braylee and Bryar, requiring them to have a double volume exchange transfusion. This procedure is done by taking out the baby’s “bad blood” and transfusing in donor blood that doesn’t have the antibodies. It was two of the scariest times of my husband’s and my lives. The amazing gift of blood donation saved our babies lives and without the exchange transfusion they would not be here today. Braylee is now a vibrant four year old who just started preschool this year, and Bryar is a healthy and happy growing 9 month old just starting to walk.
Braylee and Bryar’s lives depended on donations from several people. I invite you to give blood every chance you get because someone’s life could depend on your donation. It’s an amazing gift that has a huge impact in the lives of many.
To those that donate, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your gift.
- The Sargent FamilyGreg, McKenzie, Shaylon, Carter, Braylee and Bryar