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Bloodsource B 68 BLOOD DONORS FUEL HOPE FOR THE FUTURE obby Karratti perfectly illustrates the reality that blood donors truly do save lives and that all types of blood donation are critically needed to help patients. As new and inexperienced parents, Alexandra and Mike Karratti lovingly called infant Bobby their “blueberry” baby, blissfully unaware they were seeing the manifestations of a serious blood clotting malfunction. Bobby’s pediatrician quickly referred the family for further testing, thinking Bobby likely had leukemia. Thus began a long journey; one with endless education and endless challenges that the Karritti family embraced fully with all their strength, their hearts, their hopes. BloodSource donors were by their side. a diagnosis of Wiskott- Aldrich syndrome (WAS) – a rare, primary immunodeficiency disease with abnormal bleeding. The only known cure is a bone marrow transplant. Bobby needed all types of blood components - red cells, plasma and platelets. Platelets - viable for a mere five days after donation – were transfused every day for over six months. Infusions of a plasma-based medicine, called immunoglobulin, would be on the schedule for four years. “Every day, Bobby needed blood transfusions of all types,” shares Alexandra. “ I want to let blood donors know that although they have no idea who is desperately holding onto hope at the other end of what they give, that those people are grateful.” GIVING WHAT’S NEEDED It took more than a year and countless blood transfusions to confirm DONATING BLOOD AND HOPE Bobby was near death at many times during his ordeal. Today, he is healthy, CAPITAL REGION CARES 2017 | comstocksmag.com ready to start first grade and is an avid sports fan! Alexandra reminds blood donors that their precious gifts allow patients to live today and fuel hope for memorable tomorrows. Together, we do save lives. To learn how you can support the critical public health need of a safe and plentiful blood supply, please contact BloodSource at bloodsource.org or 866.822.5663. BLOODSOURCE.ORG / 866.822.5663 “I want to let blood donors know that although they have no idea who is desperately holding onto hope at the other end of what they give, that those people are grateful.” — Alexandra Karratti