ST. LOUIS — During Liver Awareness Month in October, the American Red Cross encourages eligible donors to give blood and platelets to support liver transplant patients and others needing blood products.
Liver transplants are the second most common type of transplant with more than 6,000 performed in the U.S. each year, according to the American Liver Foundation. Liver transplant patients may require in excess of 30 pints of blood during surgery.
For blood donor Amy Slattery, the need for blood hits close to home. Her mother received a liver transplant and needed more than 70 blood products during the surgery.
“I donate to help others that needed blood like her,” Slattery said. “I donate in thanks to those who donate their blood products to help save lives.”
Volunteer donors like Slattery are the only source of blood for those in need of transfusions during transplants and other surgeries. Donors with all blood types are needed, and especially those with types O negative, A negative, B negative and AB blood.
To make an appointment to donate blood, eligible donors are encouraged to download the new Red Cross Blood Donor App from app stores or text BLOODAPP to 90999 to receive a download link, visit www.redcrossblood.org or call (800) RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767).
Upcoming blood donation opportunities:
- Oct. 3: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., YWCA, 304 E. Third St.
- Oct. 6: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., Lifehouse Community Church, 3825 Seminary St.
- Oct. 7: 2:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., Knights of Columbus 460, 405 E. Fourth St.
- Oct. 14: 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m., Alton Memorial Hospital, 1 Memorial Drive
- Oct. 5: 3 p.m. to 7 p.m., Wood River Moose Lodge No. 1349, 730 Wesley Drive