Lee Health holding blood drive Sunday amid critical need

Reporter: Gail Levy Writer: Derrick Shaw

Lee Health is in desperate need of blood donations, and on Sunday, you can help.

Now more than ever, your blood is needed to save lives, as the pandemic has pushed blood supply to an all-time low, according to Lee Health.

John Loeber said he’s still alive because of a blood donor. In June, he was dying from COVID-19 – until he received a blood transfusion. Within 24 hours, he started feeling better.

He’s encouraging others to donate blood and plasma so that someone battling COVID-19 is given the chance to live. Plasma from COVID-19 survivors has proven an effective treatment for those still battling the virus.

“We always assume, especially when it comes to blood donations and things like that, that somebody else will do it, you know, or will have that type of mentality, but it really is the best gift that you can give someone, is the gift of life and that’s through blood and plasma,” Loeber said.

From 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Sunday, there will be a blood drive at the First Assembly of God Church, 4701 Summerlin Rd.

The American Red Cross says that before you donate, it’s important to eat iron-rich foods, such as red meat, fish, chicken, beans or spinach, and get a good night’s rest.

And if you can’t make it on Sunday, you can always schedule an appointment with Lee Health to give blood when you’re able.

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