Blood drive being held this weekend in honor of young boy

By WEEK Producer

June 28, 2013 Updated Jun 28, 2013 at 10:15 PM CDT

PEORIA, Ill. -- The American Red Cross is asking you to help save a life this weekend in honor of two year old James Maughan of Peoria.

Maughan was diagnosed last Mother's day with a bacterial Meningitis that causes blood clots.
    
The meningitis destroyed most of the capillaries in his body, which prevented circulation to his limbs.
    
In order to save Maughan's life, doctors had to amputate his left leg, right hand, and part of his middle finger on his left hand.
    
However, thanks to daily transfusions of lifesaving blood, platelets, and plasma, Maughan is on his way to a full recovery.

"Without the blood he would not have lived. The blood, the doctors, and what they do at OSF with the help of Red Cross, it's what kept him alive. It was our miracle we needed," said James' mother Angie Maughan.

"Every two seconds in America someone needs a blood transfusion. It's especially important in the summer months because doantions typically decline as people become busy with vacations, holiday parties, and things like that. It is important that there is enough blood on the shelves to meet patients needs like James for example, said en Corey of the American Red Cross.

 

A blood drive honoring Maughan will be held Sunday from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church in Peoria.

You can make an appointment to donate by visiting redcrossblood.org and entering sponsor code 040520.

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