Health & Fit 'Micro-Preemie' Inspires 324 People To Donate Blood

16:20  05 december  2019
16:20  05 december  2019 Source:   nbcsandiego.com

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A tiny baby born four months early and weighing just 15-ounces has already made a name for herself at the San Diego Blood Bank triggering more than 300 blood donations.

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"Micro-Preemie" Giselle Flores was born on Nov. 17 after her mother was diagnosed with Hemolysis, Elevated Liver Enzymes, Low Platelet Count (HELLP) syndrome, a life-threatening pregnancy complication and severe form of preeclampsia.

Courtney Almazan, Giselle's mother, had complained of severe headaches, swelling, and nausea before her emergency room visit, all of which turned out to be signs of liver and kidney failure.

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Doctors rushed Courtney Almazan into surgery for an emergency C-section saving her life, while at the same time giving another life one of the most fragile beginnings ever seen.

"It's crazy, she seems bigger in pictures or on your phone, but in real life, she's tiny," Courtney Almazan said.

Baby Giselle has no fat, can't breathe on her own, and has already had three blood transfusions in her first two weeks in the Sharp Mary Birch Hospital NICU.

"They're doing a lot of blood work on her and she can't produce enough blood to keep up with the tests," Courtney Almazan said.

Her family, wanting to do something to help in this helpless time, put out a call to friends about donating blood.

The message spread quickly on social media, so much the San Diego Blood Bank even created a special code for people donating in honor of baby Giselle.

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"The timing couldn't be better," said David Wellis, the blood bank's CEO. "Blood donations go down during the holidays when families are traveling, and college students are on break."

Giselle's story triggered more than 324 donations by Dec. 4, 103 of those were first-time donors, according to the San Diego Blood Bank. It's likely her story triggered even more donations leading to a bump in donations during this time of year compared to the same time last year.

Those that would like to donate blood in Giselle's honor can use the code word GF19 upon registering with the San Diego Blood Bank.

Giselle's future remains unclear, and the family said every day is filled with ups and downs as their tiny miracle baby fights for survival.

"She's just a little fighter, they refer to her as feisty in the NICU," said Angela Shirley, Giselle's grandma.

Courtney Almazan has yet to hold her daughter and spends a lot of time by her side, soothing her with a light, gentle touch.

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You can choose to donate whole blood or specific components through a process called apheresis or automation. You may not donate blood if you tested positive for or have HIV/AIDS, or participated in events known to increase exposure to the HIV/AIDS virus; tested positive for hepatitis B or C at any

Not all blood is alike. Learn about blood typing and the rarest and most common types of blood and how they can impact your blood donation . Blood types are determined by the presence or absence of certain antigens – substances that can trigger an immune response if they are foreign to the body.

"Her head is just perfectly formed. Her little tiny fingers and her toes, she grabs on to things already, she holds on to her breathing tube, she's amazing," Shirley said.

Giselle will remain at the hospital until March at the earliest.

But, despite all of the challenges, doctors recently gave the family some good news, saying they believe Giselle's chances of survival are "very high."

Giselle's family set up a GoFundMe account to help during this time.

While Sharp HealthCare greatly appreciates the influx of blood donation volunteers, those wishing to donate should contact San Diego Blood Bank directly.

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Can you donate blood if you smoke marijuana? .
Yes, but you cannot donate if you’ve smoked or ingested a synthetic form of the drug. Synthetic marijuana — also known as K2 or Spice — is a human-made chemical with a similar make-up to the marijuana plant. It is classified under the group called new psychoactive substances (NPS) and is considered to be an unregulated, mind-altering substance.There is an FDA-approved medication called Marinol that has man-made THC in it. If you are taking Marinol for a medical condition, such as nausea from chemotherapy or loss of appetite from HIV infection, you would not be eligible for blood donation.

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