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CMV Negative Blood Donors Needed To Donate At Any Shepeard Center To Help Patients In Need

Baby Blood Donors Urged To Donate Platelets For Critically Ill Patients

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Augusta, GA - CSRA CMV negative (or “baby blood”) blood donors are being urged to commit to saving the lives of seriously ill babies & toddlers in the area by donating platelets.  Cytomegalovirus (CMV) is a virus present in the blood of about 80% of the adult population.

Although CMV does not pose a risk for adults the repercussions can be life threatening, and possibly fatal, to babies and young children if they are transfused with blood containing the virus. Therefore, CMV negative donors are the only donors who can give this precious gift of life to critically ill babies and small children.

Shepeard Community Blood Center is pleading for commitments from donors who are not only CMV negative, but are also A Negative or B Negative to donate platelets for these precious patients. These blood types are necessary to meet the needs of patients in the 21 local hospitals that Shepeard services.

Donors must be at least 17-years-old (16-years-old with a signed parental consent) and weigh at least 110 pounds on the day of donation. Please bring a photo I.D. or Shepeard Community Blood donor card. We recommend that all potential donors eat and drink plenty of fluid prior to donating blood.

Donors interested in this unique opportunity are asked to contact Alicia Reed, Shepeard's Automated Donations Recruiter, to get more details and make your appointment. Reed can be reached at Shepeard's Evans Center at 706-854-1582 or via cell phone at 706-833-4536.

For more information on Shepeard Blood Centers or for information on their bloodmobiles, click here.
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