Blood donations can help people of all ages, including newborn babies. During the season of giving and National Prematurity Awareness Month, the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center (STBTC) encourages eligible donors to give blood this November.
In the U.S., approximately 41,000 units of blood are required daily for patients including premature babies. In many situations involving transfusions for newborns, doctors request a specific type of blood - CMV (cytomegalovirus) negative. CMV is a common virus that is not serious for people with healthy immune systems and is found in about 50 percent of the general public. However, its presence could cause health complications for these tiny patients. It’s important for STBTC to collect donations from people of all blood types to ensure all patients, even the smallest, have a second chance at life.