In the first six months of his infant life, Liam Boyle has relied on blood donations to sustain him through three major open-heart surgeries.
His father, Brian Boyle, knows well the importance of lifesaving blood. More than 15 years ago, blood donations saved his life after he lost 60 percent of his blood in a car accident.
After the most recent surgery for Liam, who was born with multiple heart defects, Boyle recalled how his young son “really seemed to perk up after the transfusion. His color improved, he was smiling more and his progress has continued from there.”
During this uncertain time, blood donors have shown up for patients in need. Every two seconds, someone like Boyle and Liam need blood in the U.S. That means each day — and during uncertain times like the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic — the health of communities depends on volunteer blood donors who are the only source of blood.
“It’s incredibly heartwarming to see the lifesaving role that blood products have played in my son’s survival during these major heart procedures and throughout his recovery,” said Boyle, whose son will need more procedures during the first few years of his life. “From the past to the present, blood donations are truly lifesaving and lifegiving.”
The American Red Cross greatly appreciates the incredible generosity shown by those who have rolled up a sleeve to donate blood and platelets and who have scheduled upcoming donation appointments during this coronavirus outbreak. At the Red Cross, we have the privilege to witness people step up to help during times of disaster and crisis. Today is no different.
Red Cross blood drives follow the highest standards of safety and infection control to help keep staff and donors safe. In addition, there is no evidence and there are no reported cases of the coronavirus — or any respiratory virus — being transmitted by a blood transfusion. More information about safety protocols, eligibility and travel deferrals are on RedCrossBlood.org.
Unable to donate blood? Consider asking a family member or friend to give, or help by volunteering at blood drives. Learn more at redcross.org/volunteer.