Give Someone Another Summer
Help us make moments that count in the lives of our patients. For patients like Naomi, it's as simple as getting the opportunity to spend another summer with her family. Your donations help make those moments happen. Give another summer to a patient in need of blood by helping the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center continue to provide this lifesaving resource.
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Naomi Hennesey was born with an autoimmune disease called thalassemia, a condition quite common in her native China. Thalassemia is a blood disorder in which the body does not create enough red blood cells or enough of the oxygen-carrying protein called hemoglobin. The only treatment for thalassemia is blood transfusions, which Naomi will receive for the rest of her life.
In China, blood donors are rare and there are extreme shortages of blood available for patients. Naomi, who grew up in an orphanage, would receive blood transfusions just twice a year. The result was that she always was exhausted and frequently in pain. Fortunately, she was adopted at the age of 10 by a family from Helotes, and now she is able to receive lifesaving transfusions on a regular basis, approximately 35 to 50 units of red blood cells in a typical year.
Annette is thankful for the number of donors in the United States who have been a part of Naomi’s progress. Many children with thalassemia from the area in China where Naomi is from do not live past the age of 14, but she already has beaten that with her recent 15th birthday – and a normal life.