Critical Blood Shortage

By: Kelly Sparks
By: Kelly Sparks

The blood supply in Kentucky and Tennessee has reached emergency levels. Officials are encouraging everyone who is able to donate blood, to give.

“I know there’s a great need for blood.”

Sallie Carwell is a regular at the Bowling Green American Red Cross. She tires to give every opportunity she can.

Sallie had an emergency surgery just over a month ago and says she’s lucky there was enough blood available, if something went wrong.

Luckily, there were no complications with her surgery but others like her may not be so lucky.

American Red Cross, Executive Director, Deneen Cooper says it takes 800 units a day to maintain the necessary blood for hospitals in the area. The Red Cross has only been collecting about 375 units a day making the blood level so low, some hospitals might have to put off surgeries until they can receive more blood.

The blood supply historically runs low during summer months because many people are vacationing and don’t think to give before they leave for their destinations.

American Red Cross officials are encouraging everyone to donate because you never know when you or a loved one might be in need.

If you would like to give the gift of life, here are some upcoming blood drives:

Tuesday, June 28 Noon - 6pm Franklin Electric Plant Board, 309 High St. Franklin

Wednesday, June 29 9am - 3pm Warren Co. Heath Dept. 1109 State St. Bowling Green


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