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Health Watch: Family grateful for blood transfusions that saved daughter's life

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Every two seconds someone in the United States needs blood. Unfortunately, this is the time of year when trauma and accidents are up, but blood supplies are down.  To help boost the blood supply, News Three is teaming up with our media partner PMB Broadcasting and the American Red Cross to hold a two-day blood drive.

On May 22, 2012, Brinkley Bowden was one of them. Brinkley and her twin brother Braydon were born 28 weeks into their mother’s pregnancy. They weighed two pounds. Braydon had no serious medical complications, but Brinkley suffered a bleed on her cerebellum, the part of the brain that controls her balance. Doctors told their parents she would need a blood transfusion.

“I never uh, never stopped to think that blood night not be available, certainly that’s always a possibility,” said Phillip Bowden, Brinkley’s father.

Bowden says he lost count of the number of blood transfusions his frail daughter received.

When the blood supply is low, hospitals have to decide which patients will get what they have on hand.

The American Red Cross Firecracker 100 Blood Drive is Wednesday, July 2 and  Thursday, July 3 from 1:30 until 6:30. It will be held at the Fire Fighter Association building at 6655 Lynch Road in Columbus.

Teresa Whitaker

In addition to co-anchoring the 6 and 11 p.m. newscasts weeknights, Teresa serves as the Healthwatch reporter for WRBL. More>>

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