Texas Gulf Coast Swim Mom Needs Blood Donations

Anyone with A- blood wishing to donate blood on her behalf can do so at St. Luke’s Medical Center in downtown Houston.  Blood donations must be done at St. Luke’s directly. A- blood is a relatively rare blood type found in only 6.3% of Americans. If you’re not sure of your blood type, please stop by and find out – even if you’re not A-, and even if you’re not in Houston, somebody somewhere can use your blood.

Elisa Davila is a 12-year-old swimmer on the Aggie Swim Club in College Station, Texas.  Her mother, Claire, was diagnosed with Pulmonary Hypertension (PH) which is a rare and serious, life-threatening lung disease with no cure.  The disease occurs when the arteries and blood vessels in the lungs become constricted, causing undue stress on the right heart as it tries to pump blood into the lungs to replenish the lungs with oxygen.  Blood pressure in the lungs becomes elevated making it hard to breathe and even harder to do normal daily activities.  PH is a progressive disease that, if left untreated, can eventually lead to heart failure and death.  Some patients are fortunate to live for many years on medication alone.  However, many eventually become resistant to drugs and will require a lung transplant, or heart/lung transplant combination to survive.  PH is a relatively rare disease that affects approximately 1 in 100,000 – 1,000,000 people, with the majority being women between the ages of 20 – 50.  For more information on Pulmonary Hypertension go to www.phassociation.org.

Claire Davila has been in St. Luke’s hospital since December 1st and is at the point where she is in need of a heart/lung transplant.  At this time she is in need of donations of A- blood as the transplant surgery requires a lot of blood to replace what’s lost during the surgery.  Making the surgery more complicated, Claire’s blood unfortunately has some antibodies in it, making it harder to find blood to match.  All blood donations received on her behalf will be screened to ensure it does not have certain antigens that match the antibodies in her blood.  If the antigens are found, they cannot use that blood since the antibodies in her blood would attack the antigens in the donor’s blood.

Thanks to the Aggie Swim Club for providing the above information.

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Kathy Boykin

I have a- blood type. It’s very near impossible for me to get to Houston. Is there anyway to screen the donors blood here in BCS to know if it would be a match for her?

Claire Davila

Hi Kathy, this is Claire (the “sick” swim Mom). I would say don’t try to come and donate if it’s too hard to get here. It’s not a quick trip from Bryan so I understand (my family has to drive from there on a regular basis to come see me). I think we’ve had enough interest from friends, family, aquaintances, fellow swim parents in the Houston area, that it’s not necessary for anyone to come from out of town. Thanks so much for offering. I truly appreciate it.

Claire Davila

For those in the Houston area, that may be in the vicinity of the medical center and want to donate, here is the address of the hospital. You do not have to have an appointment. I believe the hours are 9:00 – 5:00 M-F. It’s on the first floor next to the green elevators:

St. Luke’s Medical Center
6720 Bertner Ave.
Houston, TX 77030

Thank you!

Kay Robbins

Claire,
I can donate today if you still need.. Kay Robbins

Michele Wallace

I will be coming to Houston to visit family on Dec 26 and I’m A- let me know if donation is still needed.

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